Q: My mum’s 55 and been suffering from depression on and off for a decade. I raised the issue of getting support and she initially agreed for me to go to the GP with her to sort it out, but a few days later she said she wouldn’t go. I’m really worried – how can I get her to accept help from her family who love her?

Helen, Rochdale

A: New research has shown that depressed people often experience trouble with the part of the brain that initiates action. It’s this area that helps us get out of bed, get dressed, shower and pick up the telephone.

This is my roundabout way of saying that you may need to actually make the appointment for your mum, collect her and take her to the GP.

If her doctor prescribes her antidepressants or some kinds of counselling, she can decide whether to take those next steps with your support. Being there for a family member with depression can be very draining, so please remember to take care of yourself, too.

Emma Marlin, Counsellor


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