Things You Can Say to a Depressed Friend or Family Member

Sometimes, when someone we love has depression, we don’t always know what to say. It is important to acknowledge them while being respectful of their feelings. Of course, your situation may vary depending on your relationship with them but here are some examples of things you can say to someone who is experiencing depression:

  • “I just wanted to let you know that I understand keeping in contact may be difficult right now, and you are still a valuable friend to me and I will support you through this.”
  • “I can’t imagine what you are going through but know that I am here for you.”
  • “If you need anything, let me know. I will continue to be here for you through all of this.”
  • “I want you to know and understand that you are not a burden. I care for you and if you ever need to talk, please don’t hesitate to reach out.”
  • “I was thinking about you today and I wanted to remind you how much you mean to me.”

Things that will not be helpful to say to them:

  • “Have you tried going outside?”
  • “Have you exercised?”
  • “Well what are you eating?”
  • “Try getting some fresh air.”
  • “Others have it so much worse.”
  • “You should just be happy.”

These are not helpful to say to someone that is depressed. Depression can make it hard for someone to do even simple tasks. What they need is your sympathy and your support.

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