My friend hasn’t been herself lately. She seems terribly sad and withdrawn, and I don’t know how to help her. What’s the best way to approach someone who might be depressed?
A Concerned Friend
Kudos to you for looking for a way to help your friend. It’s hard to see someone you care about sink into sadness, and to not know what to say or do to help. Depression is an illness that affects a great many people—not just the one out of every 10 adults in the US suffering from major or clinical depression, but the people close to them too. To help you find the best way to support your friend, I sought advice from mental health experts, and also deep-dived into my and others’ personal experience with this important issue. Here’s what you need to know.