Helping a friend with their battle

The Mirror reporter

Teen depression is a serious mental health issue that people may overlook or mislabel. It is a situation that can tragically lead to suicide. If you, a friend, or a loved one is suffering from depression, it is essential to talk to a professional therapist before it’s too late.

According to, some warning signs to look for would be:

  1. Feelings of hopelessness                                          6.  Loss of energy
  2. Loss of interest in daily activities                            7. Self-loathing
  3. Appetite or weight changes                                      8. Reckless behavior
  4. Sleep changes                                                              9.  Concentration problems
  5. Anger or irritability                                                   10. Unexplained aches and pains

If a friend is depressed or shows signs of depression, the crucial thing to remember is that healing from depression takes time. Telling one to simply ‘snap out of it’ or to ‘cheer up’ will not make them feel any better.

The best way to help a friend who is depressed is to find them professional help. Although this is the most important step, there are other ways you can help.

Simply being there for your friend will be the second best option. Whether it is physically or mentally, let them know they can lean on you when they’re not able to bear their own weight.

Nick Nugent, SPASH counselor said, “Do activities together to make them feel better or activities they enjoy. Try to include them in the things you do.”

If the person is unwilling to talk about their depression, it is advised not to push them into therapy. Understand that the loved one will come forward and talk when they are ready. However, it is wise to encourage them to go into therapy.

Nugent said, “Take baby steps. As a friend you can’t be their therapist, but you can help encourage them to deal with their depression.”

When they do open up about their depression, it is important to remember about being open-minded and taking their feelings seriously.