Many people around us are in a state of depression because of family issues, career issues, health issues, etc. If you want to help someone who is suffering from this ailment, here are a few easy steps:
1. Identify and acknowledge
The first step that needs to be done is to identify symptoms of depression in a person. This will be easy as people under depression usually seem unhappy and unmotivated. Once you know that the person is depressed, identify the degree to the same and motivate the person to take medical help in case of need. You must also acknowledge the person that you know he is feeling bad about something and motivate him to share the same.
2. Tell them that people love you
Tell the person that his family and friends care for him and love him. This will put him at ease. Make comforting statements so that the person confides in you and feels comfortable in your company.
3. Give motivating examples
Once you know the reason for his depression, quote examples that make him feel that this will pass. For example if the person is depressed because of lack of job, tell him that another friend of you in the same situation recently got a job.
4. Try and arrange activities that the person enjoys
Identify the activities that the person likes by enquiring from family or relatives and arrange them for him to divert his mind.
5. Do not give up
It is sometimes difficult and frustrating to deal with such persons, but the key is to never give up.
Though serious depression requires medical treatment, but support of family and friends is always helpful.