Tips for helping a friend struggling with depression

Randy Auerbach, PhD

Depression affects everyone in very different ways. For some people, they'll experience sadness, irritability, or just might be tired. For others it might hurt or it might feel like it will never end. And yet for some teens they may experience suicidal thoughts. But it's important to remember that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

Dr. Randy Auerbach, a specialist in depression and other mood disorders, shares his thoughts and tips about helping a friend who may be struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts.



Dr. Randy Auerbach, from Columbia University's Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has some tips for helping a friend who is struggling with depression. One of the best things you can do is simply to be supportive.