Sometimes when we find ourselves in a situation where someone is looking to us for support, we end up
saying things more out of our own discomfort with the topic or situation versus saying something that is
Take a quick listen to this video, for some common phrases or pieces of advice that are commonly heard
being told to people who are suffering from depression. Hopefully, this video will give you a different
viewpoint on how these phrases might be interpreted if you were suffering from depression and on the
receiving end of these comments.
The purpose of this video is not to make you anxious about every word or phrase choice when you are
trying to be there. Ultimately, being there for someone, listening, being empathetic and encouraging
them to seek appropriate professional help are really the best things one can do.
Source for family members and caregivers for someone with a mental health condition:
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
Dr. Andrew Kim M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist and a principal investigator at Pillar Clinical
Research. This video is for educational, informational, and entertainment purposes and should NOT be
taken as personal medical advice.
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