If you are supporting someone with depression, make sure you take care of yourself, too.
Are you supporting someone with depression?
Firstly, you are amazing. We understand it must be a daily challenge to support a loved one through a hard time, but you are doing your best and that is something to be truly proud of. You are making such a monumental difference.
It's important to take some time for yourself, too - after all, you can't pour from an empty cup. Here is some advice on how to look after yourself through this time.
Make time for yourself
Try to take a break for yourself. Even if it’s just an hour of reading, going for a walk or practising some of our other self-care tips, you will feel much more positive afterwards. Try to set aside a period of time each week for you – you deserve it.
Talk to someone
There is always someone who will be able to listen to your situation. A friend or family member you trust is a great place to start. They might not be able to give advice or solve your problems, but you’ll feel better for getting everything off your chest.
Ask for help
There is no shame in asking for help. You are being strong for you and your loved one, which is a lot to cope with. If you’re struggling, contact one of the following helplines. You are not alone.
Remember - there is no shame in needing time for yourself or asking for help. Read our top self-care tips so you can give your best, amazing support to a loved one struggling with mental health issues.