Here Are Three Supports You Can Do When Friends Are Depressed – Mental health problems such as depression are still underestimated by some people. Those who experience depression are often considered excessive and even called lack of faith.

In fact, people who are depressed need to be accompanied and heard. Bad stigma will cause a person to lose hope and feel low.

To reduce the bad stigma, there are three things that need to be done if your friend is depressed. The following is the statement revealed by psychologist Hanna Hadipranoto M.Psi.

Accompany And Empathize

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Illustration of a friend (pexels/Ali Pazani).

According to Hanna, the thing that needs to be done to help people with depression is to accompany and empathize. With empathy, you will understand what if you were in their shoes.

“Just be friends if you can’t do anything, so just accompany and empathize. And put yourself in their shoes, even though it’s not easy, but we can feel how it would be if we were him,” he said during the webinar Depression: How To Get Rid Of Stigma About It? Monday (12/27/2021).

Become a Listener

Hanna says, to help a friend who is depressed is to make yourself a listener. There are things that should not be done when being a listener, one of which is not giving judgment through the story.

“Whether he is right or wrong, stupid or not, but that’s how he feels. Even though the problems we hear are very trivial, they are real,” said Hanna Hadipranoto further.

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