Here are some suggestions on how to behave with a depressed relative or friend:
- Be tactful, but not to the point of pretending that the problem does not exist.
- Seek an opportunity to communicate that you are aware of the person's difficulty and available to help or listen.
- Invite the person to express how he or she is feeling, but do not insist on it.
- Do not demand too much: be encouraging but patient, allowing the person to choose his or her pace.
- Try to avoid premature or bland reassurance, which risks communicating that you fail to understand or do not care.
- Make it clear that you are trying to understand and ask what you can do.