“If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.” ~ Steven Fry
Considering the prevalence of depression on most college campuses (one in ten students report having been diagnosed or treated for depression), there is a good chance that one of your friends may have or have experienced depression. Therefore, if you want to truly be the friend that will help him or her through this difficult time, there a number of things you will want to know. On the next several pages, you will be able to walk through the signs and symptoms of depression, which will help you spot out a friend who may need help. You'll also learn how most people react to finding out that a friend is depressed as well as how you may want to react. You will also be provided with an explanation of things you should and things you should not do and say to your depressed friend. Finally, you will be connected with national and more campus-specific resources before being given a plan to intervene if necessary. I encourage you to read and explore these pages and this entire site so that you can be the best friend possible to a friend in need.