One of the leading contributors to depression is a sense of social isolation.
Humans are hard-wired for connection. We need to connect, face-to-face with others, yet more and more we isolate ourselves, and each other, by sitting behind computer screens.
I’m introverted, I enjoy my alone time but one of the loneliest times in my life was after my heart-attack, when I felt stranded and forgotten. It was a loneliness far more intense than any loneliness that I had felt before.
I’m certain that this loneliness was a major contributor to my own depression. It is one of the reasons that I went back to work too early.
It worries and saddens me when I see messages of ‘support’ posted on social media like, “if you need to talk, I’m here for you.”
The fact that you are ‘here’ is a part of the problem.
Please don’t be here for someone that you care about. Be there for them. Be there with them.