My “Secret Subject” is:
One of your closest friends says to you that he or she feels like giving up. It isn't a suicidal expression, but you can see this friend is defeated and incapable of seeing anything positive. Forget for a minute what should or should not be said to a person with depression. From your heart to theirs, what would you say?
It was submitted by: http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com (Thanks for such a great and deep subject.)
Honestly, I would tell my friend not to give up. That problems come up and bad things happen, but it always gets better. Problems can be solved, and good times happen just as often as the bad. I would tell them if anyone knows this, it is me. I have been through a great deal in my life, and I have wanted to give up, but in the end it always gets better.
I would help them figure out what exactly is going on, and exactly how the feel. I would listen and help them sort through it all. I would do anything possible to help them. I would share with them the battles I have waged with hard times in my life. I would share with them the successes that followed the failures. I would share the lessons I have learned. I would try to help them find the silver linings.
I would connect them with the necessary people. People far better suited than I am to help them. Then I would follow up with the daily. Show them that I am there for them. Sometimes, all a person needs is to know somebody cares.
I wrote this post last Summer about the topic of depression. I link to some wonderful resources. If you, or anyone you know, is suffering with depression, you are not alone!
Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there: