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As a mental health counsellor based in Wagga Wagga, my mission is clear: to offer respectful, non-judgemental support to those in need, providing tools to instil hope and cultivate resilience. Whether you’re here in Wagga Wagga or anywhere else, I want you to know that Hope and Resilience Counselling is here to help you navigate the challenges of life, especially when facing depression.

One of the most common issues I encounter in my practice is supporting loved ones who are struggling with depression. It’s heart-wrenching to witness someone you care about going through such a difficult time, but there are ways you can offer meaningful support. Here are some tips from my perspective as a counsellor:

Validate Their Feelings

First and foremost, it’s essential to validate the feelings of your loved one. Depression is a real and valid experience, and it’s crucial to let them know that their emotions are heard and understood. Avoid dismissing or trivialising their feelings, and instead, offer empathy and support.

Encourage Open Communication

Encourage your loved one to communicate openly about how they’re feeling. Let them know that you’re there to listen without judgement and that they can share their thoughts and emotions freely. Sometimes, simply having a supportive listener can make a world of difference.

Help Them Identify Strengths

As a counsellor, I often focus on helping clients identify their strengths – the qualities and skills they’ve used in the past to overcome challenges. Encourage your loved one to recognise their own strengths and remind them of the times they’ve shown resilience in the face of adversity. By highlighting their strengths, you can help boost their confidence and sense of empowerment.

Offer Practical Support

Depression can make even the simplest tasks feel overwhelming. Offer practical support to your loved one by helping with household chores, running errands, or cooking meals. These small gestures can make a big difference and show your loved one that they’re not alone.

Encourage Self-Care

Self-care is crucial for maintaining mental and emotional well-being, especially when struggling with depression. Encourage your loved one to engage in activities that bring them joy and relaxation, whether it’s going for a walk, practising mindfulness, or spending time with loved ones. Remind them that self-care isn’t selfish – it’s essential for their overall health and happiness.

Be Patient and Understanding

Supporting someone with depression can be challenging, and it’s important to be patient and understanding. Remember that recovery takes time, and there may be ups and downs along the way. Offer your unwavering support and understanding, even on the difficult days.

Encourage Professional Help

Finally, encourage your loved one to seek professional help if needed. As a counsellor, I’m here to provide support and guidance, but sometimes professional intervention is necessary. Encourage your loved one to speak to their doctor or mental health professional about treatment options, such as therapy or medication.

In conclusion, supporting a loved one with depression can be a challenging journey, but it’s also an opportunity to show compassion, empathy, and unconditional love. By validating their feelings, encouraging open communication, helping them identify strengths, offering practical support, encouraging self-care, being patient and understanding, and encouraging professional help when needed, you can make a positive difference in their lives. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey – Hope and Resilience Counselling is here to support you every step of the way.