Caring for a family or whanau member who has depression can be very hard - and it is important to keep yourself well, especially if you are supporting someone who has severe depression.
It’s important to find ways of getting time out for yourself and to feel okay about this.
It’s not uncommon for a carer to experience anger, guilt or fear.
Friends or family members may not understand, so talking to others who are in a similar situation may be helpful.
Depression is also a major issue for those in caring roles; more than two thirds of carers say they experience depression themselves.
Depression is so common that it is highly likely you will at some stage know someone who is experiencing it.
People with depression are more likely to get through with help and support than on their own.
How you respond makes all the difference to whether they receive professional help and whether they feel supported by their family and social network.
If you know of a friend or family member who may have depression, take some time to explore the Depression website.
Information at the site can help you understand more about depression and how to support someone who is experiencing the condition.
The site is very simple to use and follow, and you’ll find detailed information in the fact sheets and links on many of the pages.
You can also phone the Depression Helpline on 0800 111 757 to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling, or to ask any questions.