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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 practicing some of our other self-care tips, you will feel much more restored 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 so strong for you and your loved one, which can be a lot to cope with on your own. If you’re struggling, or just need a listening ear,  please contact one of the helplines below. You are not alone.

Visit our Library of Calm

Need a minute or two for yourself but don't know where to start? Visit our Library of Calm - a digital safe space with lots of awesome ideas on how to have a moment for you.

Feeling overwhelmed? You are not alone.

Please do not suffer in silence. Contact one of the helplines who are on hand to listen – no problem is too big or small to talk about.

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