‘Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.’ ~Norman B. Rice
If you have a friend or loved one who is experiencing hopelessness or depression, it can be difficult to know exactly what to say or do. While there isn’t any one magic thing to say that will alleviate their pain, there are many ways to offer support.
‘Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.’ ~Mother Teresa
The best way to offer help is to listen, validate their experience, and provide acceptance. By offering this type of support, you can help put things into a more balanced perspective. In addition, your offer of companionship lets them know that they are not completely alone. They have someone with them even as they attempt to find their ways through a very difficult and dark period. Continue reading “How to lovingly support someone who is experiencing Hopelessness and Depression”