Simply responding with Love.
--by kiwicat, posted Mar 22, 2016
It's hard to know what to do. I'm not a trained counselor or psychologist, but I am a good listener and friend. I went around to their house today, after a text message saying "No, I don't want visitors." I brought with me a big bunch of flowers (to leave on the door step if necessary) and was greeted by a teary friend. I thought of others here who have helped friends struggling with depression, and I asked if I could do anything. I just got a 'no,' so I played with the baby and gently asked a few questions.
I persuaded my friend to leave the house and bring the baby, and we headed out for lunch. Blessedly, she really did perk up. I suggested a few things, like seeing her doctor or a therapist we both know through work, and I left it at that. I phoned her husband who thanked me and said that the group of friends we are part of, are like family to them. For me, I felt reassured that we will all work together so she feels a bit better. It's going to take love and time, but luckily we all have those to spend.