• 5 ways to help someone in depression

    Over the last 10 years I have suffered from 5 major depressions. One of the longest dressions lasted 5 months. They were the worst days of my life. I felt bleak, hopeless and suicidal.

    How did I get through this? The unerring support and positivity of my family and friends whose constant presence gave me the courage to face another day. As a single mother of 3 I had no choice but to carry on, thank god I did.

    If you are suffering or supporting somebody with depression here are some life saving tips

    1, Be there: Sometime is better than no time - 5 mins or an hour, whatever you can spare. You may not know it but your mere presence will have a huge impact on the sufferer. Ordinary chit-chat is such a tonic, and talking about future events (however mundane) helps sufferers see themselves with a future. Looking forward to something as sinple as a shopping trip is enough to help a depressive through the day.

    2. Structure: Having a purpose is essential in makinhg a recovery. Daily routines we take for granted like nmaking a cup of tea, showering and dressing become almost impossible - looming, insurmountable like Everest. Encouragement is the key. Gentally suggesting a shower or a coffee everyday will help to re-establish normal routines.

    3, Set Goals: It's important to set small attainable goals. Facing basic things like opening the mail, cooking a meal or going to the local shops can almost be too much. Take smaill steps and support your patient by helping them achieve their initial goals, and you can build up from there.

    4. The Senses: Us the 5 senses to stimulate the patient. Evokative smells such as fresh coffee and bread, brightly coloured flowers, the sight of a paintinhg or a local view can re-awaken the sesnes and bring hope and colour to someone in a dark place.

    5 Change of Scenery: It is important to change your environment, by simply sitting in the gardent, going for a walk in the park, or takinhg a trip to the shops, but take it slowly. Whilst these things will help to restore positive energy it takes time and will power to re-connect to the outside world.

    Good luck, Lynn

    Contact me @lynnhodges6

    Next Bipolar workshop for social workers is being held at Whistable, in Kent on the 10th December 2013.

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