Once you have made the decision to confide in your loved ones that you are suffering from depression, the next step is actually communicating with them but what’s the most effective way of doing this?
Do it in a casual environment
Whether you go for a walk, a coffee or out for lunch, research has shown that mildly depressed people’s moods improve when a task diverts attention to something such as an activity. Keep it casual and do something you enjoy because being in a better mood will make it much easier for you to open up.
Wait until it feels comfortable
You don’t have to go into it straight away. Maybe you prefer to ask them how they are first or relax with a cup of tea. Once you feel ready, the best way to start is to tell them you have something important to share so they know not to take the conversation lightly. Also be sure to tell them whether or not you want them to keep the information confidential.
Say what you have practiced
If you feel more comfortable taking your notes with you, then do so. If you get tongue-tied or shaky then don’t worry. It’s perfectly acceptable to tell your friends that you’re finding this difficult and if you become completely overwhelmed, take a break and come back to the conversation later.
Chances are that the person you are choosing to confide in is a good friend or someone you are very close to. Although they may be surprised at first and may not know what to say initially, remember that they love you and care about you and will want to help and support you.
If you think that you or someone you know could be suffering with depression, please feel free to visit our Depression and Anxiety Treatment Programmes page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments that are available. You can also contact us for depression treatment.