[LISTEN] The Dos and Don'ts of helping a friend with depression

It's estimated that about 30% of South African adults will have suffered from some form of mental disorder in their lifetime.

That means there's a reasonable likelihood that, at some point, you will have a friend or family member who is dealing with depression or other mental health issue.

So as their friend or relative, what's the best thing you can do to support them?

Clinical psychologist Hayden Knibbs shared his expert advice with Eusebius McKaiser.

Knibbs says it can be difficult to understand the extent of someone's suffering if we ourselves have no personal experience with depression.

A person suffering with depression struggles to really share openly the depth of their pain.

Hayden Knibbs, Clinical psychologist

He says the first thing is to try and create a human connection.

If you explain to someone you care about that you starting to finally get it, the impact of having that empathy shared is what connects you.

Hayden Knibbs, Clinical psychologist

Listen to the full interview below:


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