Depression sucks. You have no energy, you isolate yourself, and you feel like a loser. Everyone has Depressive episodes now and then, but those with Clinical Depression experience an awful disease that takes many lives every day.
There are many causes for a person to have Depression. Genetics, environment, childhood events, drug use, and so on provide a proclivity for this illness. And many, if not most, feel alienated from everyone else. To them, everyone they are surrounded by are happy and content with their lives. They feel they don't belong anywhere except in their own brain.
It can be hard for a person who feels this way, with no energy and no hope, to thrive in daily life. You might not be able to cure someone's mental illness, but the best thing you can ever do for someone is this:
BE THERE FOR THEM.
Of course it can be hard being friends with a depressed person. They might not smile easily or want to go out. Still, do what you can if you think your friend is feeling depressed. Even if it's just a text saying, "I'm here you." That text could change your loved one's entire day for the better.
And PLEASE, if you feel that your loved one may harm themselves, get help for them. The suicide hotline is 1-800-273-8255.
NOTE: This MyTake is written about Depression, but this may also be relevant for sufferers of other mental health disorders or people who are otherwise going through a difficult time.