What to Do/Say When a Loved One is Depressed

Helpful Links and Articles 

Scroll down for: Who to Contact | What to Do | What to Say

Who to contact

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Crisis Text Line is accessed by texting HELLO 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 

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