* Remember they can not help how they feel. * Encourage them to talk, and listen to what they are saying. * Let them know you care about them. * Stay in contact with them. Send a card, ring them, visit them. Depression can be an isolating experience. * Help them to feel good about themselves by praising their daily achievements. * Encourage them to use self-help techniques. * Find out about self-help and support groups. * Encourage them to visit their doctor.