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Supporting someone with depression

Your support can make a big difference to someone close to you. Often, someone will start treatment because their whānau/family or friends have encouraged them.

It's normal for people with depression to withdraw from others. They may reject your efforts to care for them or let you down in other ways. It can be hard to know what to do or say but there are some resources to help you.

It's important to look after yourself also.

If you're involved in caring for someone who has depression, you might find some support at Supporting Families in Mental Illness. They offer free support for families and support people of people with mental illness.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by Psychiatrist Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed May 2019.

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Review key: HIDEP-48681