12.9.2 What might and might not help with the depression
When you visit a person with depression, allow them to speak to you about their problems and discuss how they can solve these problems. Rather than you telling them what they should and should not do, allow them to come up with solutions to their problems that they think would work. Not all problems can be solved. When there are problems that cannot be solved, encourage the person to try to accept this. Some practical points of advice you can give to people with depression include: encourage the person to eat regularly; to continue doing the things that they enjoyed before they became depressed; to be active; to mix with people and to visit their friends and relatives as much as they can.