What to Do/Say When a Loved One is Depressed

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Who to contact

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The National Crisis Text Line is accessed by texting HOME to 741741. Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889. All calls are confidential.

Dial 911 in an emergency 

Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates 

Local to Cleveland, OH:
The Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland– Crisis Intervention & Referral Service. Open Every Night from
8pm to Midnight. (216) 721-1115 

Free Crisis Services of Cleveland – Sunday-Thursday 6pm-2am, Friday-Saturday 8pm-4am. We respect your privacy. 
All calls are confidential and anonymous. Our counselors receive extensive hotline training.                 (216) 251-7722

24-Hour Crisis Hotline of Cleveland- Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board(216) 623-6888

More crisis lines are available here.

What to Do

http://www.suicidology.org – American Association of Suicidology – training for crisis response

http://www.qprinstitute.com – training for crisis response

http://www.helpguide.org/home-pages/depression.htm Be informed about Depression 

http://www.dbsalliance.org  – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – Be informed about Bipolar Depression 

http://www.afsp.org-American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Get involved with walks, other fundraisers, and volunteerism

Why Do You Run Away When I Say Suicide? Please Stay

What to Say

My Depressed Loved One Won’t Get Out of Bed – What Am I to Say?

Scolding a Severely Depressed Person for Being Depressed Makes It Worse. 

Love Draws Boundaries


Disclaimer: Neither Always the Fight MInistries nor Nancy Virden Are responsible for individual experiences or outcomes.  Nancy is not a doctor or therapist. Nothing on this website substitutes for professional mental health care.