Can I suggest that you speak to all those you are close to and say to them that if they ever feel low, they must tell you. It's perhaps an odd/uncomfortable thing to say out of the blue, particularly if you have the kind of culture with your mates where feelings aren't often talked about, but if someone is fine and just thinks you're being a bit odd it's easily laughed off and the job is still done.Not sure if this is the best time to start a thread like this but it's something that needs to be asked. In the last two years I've had 3 mates 'give up the fight' against this (must be my shite patter), and in each case i never knew they were suffering from it.
What i want/need to know is, if i did know what could i do to help them, and what signs should i look out for to realise my mates may have depression?
Each time I've been left wondering..'If only I'd known..' but then start thinking 'even if I'd known, what could i do..?'
I'm sure there are websites out there explaining it but there's nothing better than advice from someone with personal experience
Mods, if you think this thread is 'too soon' please delete it, I'll understand