I’m thankful that Christopher chose to write the post below. We don’t hear from the family and partners of people dealing with depression and mental health issues often enough, and we should, because as he mentions, there is no one better placed to remind you that you are not alone.
I guarantee that a good majority of people you know or interact with daily are also suffering or have suffered from this. The amount of people on antidepressants is staggering—so don’t feel like you are alone. Find a good psychiatrist and counselor for your loved one, search for the free resources that are out there. Go to your church for help. Don’t give up, and most importantly just do your best to help ensure that your loved one has the support that they need. Help them fight that feeling of being alone.
Depression tells you that you are alone. Knowing that there are other people, lots of other people, also dealing with it helps. It also helps to have a constant reminder that someone is on your side in this and looking for ways to remind you that you are not alone. If someone close to you is dealing with depression, and feeling alone, the best thing you can do is just be in their corner, helping them find help and connecting them with other people who can be part of their support network.
That’s how we fight back against something telling us we are alone.