My Friend Is DepressedRelationshipsMy Friend Is Depressed<div class="ExternalClassAB44B3C4420C483DB6C0A8A15C9F98D7"><p style="font-family:georgia;font-size:16px;">​<span>My friend is really depressed and I want to know ways to help him.</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span></div><div class="ExternalClass0344DBEEE3E248F5ABC4BDA172F47ACD"><div><div class="ExternalClassAB44B3C4420C483DB6C0A8A15C9F98D7"><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>We are glad you have discovered our website and are reaching out today.  We appreciate the concern you conveyed in your email for your friend.   It is great that you want to be there for your friend.  Please understand that the things that your friend is dealing with may be very complex, and  you may not be able to solve their problems.   What you can do as a friend is to be a good listener.   Try to listen without thinking about how you will respond next.  Your friend is not looking for a lot of advice, but is looking for someone to hear them out.  Someone to be there for them when they are feeling overwhelmed.  Be empathetic, this means that you try to understand how hard this must be for them.  Encourage your friend to reach out for help.  Give them our website, show them  how they could reach out through one of the methods listed there.  Help them find the library of articles in the Tips section (the link is at the top right of our home page).  If you feel that your friend can't keep themselves safe,  let someone such as their parents, a teacher, or school counselor know. </span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>We will be here for you and your friend.</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Sincerely,<span>​</span></span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;">Larry – Counselor</span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span></div></div> </div>12

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