If you ’re living with depression, socialising may seem like the last thing you want to do, but isolation can form a vicious cycle. The more you avoid interacting with others, the worse you are likely to feel and the more likely you are to continue withdrawing from life.1
Depression is an individual experience but that doesn’t mean you need to face it alone. Many factors contribute to recovery, including having a good support system of people that you respect and trust.
In addition to emotional and practical support, some of the benefits of having a support system when living with depression include:
You don’t need a huge network of friends and family, but having a handful of trusted people in your life can make a big difference to your wellbeing by helping you to manage everyday challenges, make difficult decisions, or even by supporting you during a crisis. They can be family members, friends , neighbours or peers — what’s important is that you have people you feel comfortable talking to.
To help build and strengthen your support network, keep the following in mind:2
If you care for someone living with depression, remember to take good care of yourself too.
There are multiple resources available online and even free support lines.
In an emergency, get help immediately by calling the emergency services on 112 or 999 or your local mental unit or hospital.
If you would like additional support, you can find more resources on the EUFAMI website: www.eufami.org/resources