What do you do when your loved one is depressed?
How do you handle the emotions that are felt and easily seen?
- Pray for their heart and mind. Understand that they’re fighting a battle that is internal and the best way to help them is by bringing God on the scene so that He can work on them.
- Ask how much space they need. Making the decision or knowing just what they need at the time that they need it is so important for what they’re going through. It doesn’t hurt to ask simple questions.
- Do you want me to stay with you?
- Do you need a little time?
- Protect your heart. Find or schedule some time to do something that you will enjoy. Take some time for yourself so that they’re depression doesn’t overtake or overwhelm you.
- Listen to them. Listen to what your loved one says and watch what they do. Sometimes their actions speak so much louder than their words. Answer their questions before offering your own solutions.
- Get them outside. Whether it’s for a walk, a quick trip to an uncrowded store or just to sit and catch some rays. A breath of fresh air is vital.
- Encourage them to speak to a therapist. To have an ear that can sift through what’s going on on the inside helps all of us. Take the ride with them to the therapist’s office. Offer to pay the co-pay. Sit and wait for them or silently participate in the session, if allowed.
- Offer your assistance. Offer to help clean the house, watch their children, cook a meal. Offer to help and really help. Do something that they can see. It will eventually bring a smile to their face and they won’t forget it.
- Check on them. Call or stop by. Let them know that you are praying for them. Listen and look for signs of improvement. Let them know about the changes that you see.
- Be patient. Someone’s been patient with you, even if it was someone other than who you expected. Patiently be by your loved one’s side until they get through this time.
- Believe God for their mental health. Have faith that God will bring them through this. They need you right now and your faith definitely makes the difference. Keep praying for them and believe and trust God for the greatest outcome. Your loved one will be ok.
One day you will both look back on this time and see that you’ve made it. Stay in their corner, praying and encouraging them to get to the other side. By the way, God will reward you for hanging in there!