This is how I learnt to comfort a depressed friend

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Dealing with a depressed friend can be extremely tricky and mostly downright tough. When some brave friends confide in us, it’s a natural impulse to want to help but most of us don’t know how to go about it. Even our best of intentions sometimes are not good enough. Hence, we end up giving unsolicited advice – “Time will heal it all” “Try to be happy” “Join a fitness class” “Why are you so down, shit happens?”. But by mishandling the situation, we discourage them from opening up. And honestly, in today’s time and age when mental disorders are eating into so many lives, we need more people to openly share their stories. Since only this can help break the stigma and spread awareness and education! Mental health issues have long been a dangerously disregarded issue in our society. And most people suffering from them don’t feel entitled to help because they fear they will be called mentally crazy or mad. And also because it is most commonly believed that ‘matters of the mind’ are actually just in the mind – they simply breed on our imagination! According to World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 450 million people are suffering from mental disorders across the globe. One in four people in the world is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Many of them succumb to their condition due to lack of help. So how can we as a society ensure we help these silent sufferers?–Agencies

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