How to support an employee who has depression

Knowing how to support a colleague or employee struggling with depression can be difficult. The first step is recognizing that you need to help, which you’re already doing just by being here. 

Knowing where to start when supporting someone with depression is difficult. You want to help but don’t want to say or do the wrong thing, which could worsen the situation.

This is why I’ve created this article, to help you understand exactly how you can support someone with depression. 

Firstly, what is depression? 

Depression is characterized as having ongoing low mood, changes in appetite, loss of energy, changes in sleep, loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed, difficulty in concentrating or decision making, feelings of hopelessness etc., for at least two weeks. There are different types of depression as well as differences in its severity.

Some people, unfortunately, believe that depression is not a ‘real thing’ or can be...

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