What to Say to a Depressed Person

Once, when I was very close to the end of my rope, I talked to my sister about how I felt sure that no one would care if I was gone. It’s hard to talk to a depressed person when their brain is busy lying to them about how terrible they are and how much they deserve to be dead. But my sister said indignantly, “I would care. You’re my best friend,” and it cut through everything. I believed her. I still believe her. It was because it was so obviously true…