- Approach, don't stay away.
- Ask: how do you feel emotionally? Ask: can you tell me a thought that seems to run through your head? Ask: have you talked to a doctor? Ask: what, if anything, seems to help?
- Advise someone who is deeply depressed and/or suicidal to call their doctor. If they are already being treated, urge them to call their doctor to give them an update. If they don't have a doctor, see if they will call a helpline or let you call for them and find out how to get a doctor.
SAFETY: Someone who is having thoughts of suicide should be taken to the hospital. Someone who is having suicidal thoughts should not be left alone. Those who are suicidal don't get over it quickly - it takes time to treat depression. Medication and counseling can and will help but not overnight so remain vigilant.
Note: I am not a mental illness professional! Please seek help from your doctor, pastor, school counselor or other professional whether you are the depressed person or someone who is concerned and wants to help.