What you can do to help – and how much, and for how long - will really depend on your relationship with the person. It’s important to:

Take care of yourself. As a friend or family member of someone who is experiencing depression, it’s important to look after yourself too. Take time to relax and enjoy things you like doing.

Sometimes you can help ‘too much’. If the person is relying on you as their only source of support – and you’re finding it a bit overwhelming – it’s a good idea to find other help. Remember you’re not a counsellor, and your friend may need professional help.

Get advice from others - you don’t need to do this on your own. There is help and advice available from other people. Check out the Common Ground site for more advice. This site is packed with ideas to help your friend’s mental health, so take a look around the other sections.