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Lesson 6.2: Caring for a Friend with Depression- Helping a Friend to Find Help


If you follow CandleX’s Depression story column you may have read “In the moment of Blur | Sam’s story with Depression”. In his story Sam remembers his friend who ended her own life after severe depression. He recalls that his friend mentioned she was trying to see a counselor, but never did. In her last words his friend apologized for not being able to bring herself to get therapy. Sam’s story shows that even when people with depression want to seek help they sometimes need the extra support and momentum from their loved ones to take the step. In Beijing, we believe each of us have a few friends who experience different level of depression. Some may make you feel baffled, while others have signaled to you. Nonetheless, giving this support can be the most important thing you can do for your friend. Welcome back to this chapter, “Caring for a Friend”. We divided it into 3 parts:

  • Lesson 6.1 talks about spotting the signs and talking about your friend’s depression.