How to Help Someone With Depression: can be overcome by empathy and compassion

Because I’m open about my depression, I get a lot of emails from people who are worried about a loved one who is struggling. How can I help them? they ask. 

Well, that’s a really tough question to answer, because most of the time I don’t really know how to help myself. The nature of depression is to drain energy and hope from the body, leaving us feeling helpless and alone. That being said, that feeling can be overcome by the empathy and compassion of others.


You see, depression thrives in secrecy
but shrinks in empathy.

by Seth Adam Smith