Best Ways to Support Someone with Depression

Become informed Not totally sure what depression is or what it means for your friend? A really great first step in helping your friend is to find out more about depression – which will help you better understand what they’re going through. Once you can understand depression’s symptoms, course and consequences, you can better support … Continue reading

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BENEFITS OF PEER SUPPORT

Meeting with people who speak your language: When you are in a support group setting, it’s common to share your experience and talk about what you’ve been through and what you’ve done — things that relate to why you are there and seeking support. It’s helpful to know that you are speaking to a group … Continue reading

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HELPING SOMEONE GRIEVE THE DEATH OF A CHILD

Be loving and non-judgmental:  The most important thing you can do is to be present and available to your loved one. Let parents show you pictures and talk about their child. Be a good listener. Help make arrangements or do chores If it is appropriate, take care of something that would be of help–yard work, cooking, … Continue reading

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Finding Grief Support That is Right For You

Reaching out to others is often very difficult when we’re struggling with grief, but experience teaches us that the more support and understanding we have around us, the better we will cope. It is a sign of strength to reach out for help and resources in times of need. Most people feel strengthened, encouraged and … Continue reading

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SUPPORT TO FAMILIES AFTER THE LOSS OF THEIR PREGNANCY

Listen Parents who have had a stillbirth often say the best support was someone who was just there for them and listened. Someone who cared and asked questions about how they could help, rather than acting as though they knew best how to deal with the situation. Support the family Don’t assume the parents are … Continue reading

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Ways to support someone who is grieving

Offer hope.  People who have gone through grieving often remember that it is the person who offered reassuring hope, the certainty that things will get better, who helped them make the gradual passage from pain to a renewed sense of life. Be careful, though, about being too glib, as doing so may make the bereaved … Continue reading

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