Gretchen Lawson: When we are feeling depressed, it can be really difficult to talk to family and friends, to even figure out how to explain how we’re feeling and why we’re feeling that way. It can be helpful to talk to someone like a hope coach or a counselor, and have someone walk with you as you talk about your feelings so that you can gain clarity about how to talk to your family and friends about how you’re feeling.
Gretchen Lawson: I think it also can be really helpful to let your family and friends know what you need. We can at times feel like we want to isolate and it can be really helpful if we have people checking in on us that can help us resist the urge to isolate. If we have people reaching out to us and asking us how we’re doing and what we need.
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