The best way to communicate with someone who has depression is to be a good listener and to use language that is supportive.
Experiencing depression can result in:
What to say and whyThis web page provides some useful tips to use in a conversation which can help someone to feel listened to, understood, and hopeful that things can improve.Type: Web pageEstimated reading time: 5 minutesProduced by: Beyond Blue
Having the conversation with young people about anxiety and depressionThis fact sheet provides some tips on having a conversation with a young person about anxiety and depression.Type: Fact sheetReading time: 4 pagesProduced by: Beyond Blue
Depression: first aid guidelinesThese guidelines provide an overview of signs of depression to look out for, how to approach a conversation and be supportive and some tips about what doesn’t help.Type: GuidelineReading time: 3 pagesProduced by: Mental Health First Aid Australia
Things Not to Say To Someone With DepressionIn this video people share their responses to the things people say to them.Type: Video Viewing time: 5.50 minutesClosed captions: YesProduced by: BBC ThreeWarning – some strong language