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Topic: Partner of a amazing guy who suffers depression

5 posts, 0 answered
  1. LennieP
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    8 July 2018
    Hello everyone I’m lennie and I’m completely new to this.I have been seeing my wonderful partner for over 2 yrs now and he suffers from depression.I on the other hand do not no much about it at all.I spend a lot of time reading books about depression,looking information up on the internet doing my best to understand what he is feeling.im hopeing someone on here may be able to help support me through trying to learn all I can to better support my wonderful man.
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  2. Summer Rose
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    8 July 2018 in reply to LennieP

    Hi LennieP

    Welcome to the bb forum and thank you for sharing your story. Rest assured that you have arrived at a place of kindness and support.

    Your partner is really lucky to have someone like you--kind, caring and loving.

    Learning about his illness is one of the best things you can do and I recommend all of materials on the bb website. The more you learn the better able you will be to understand his pain and behaviour and respond appropriately. You don't have to have all the answers, but a warm heart and willingness to listen will help. Just be there for him.

    I care for a child with a mental health condition and I know how challenging it can be. The best advice I can give you is to take good care of yourself, too. It's really important to eat well, get plenty of rest and take time to do things that you enjoy. The stronger you are, the better support you will be able to provide.

    I wish you and your partner nothing but the best. Depression is very common and with the right treatment most people recover.

    Kind thoughts to you

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  3. romantic_thi3f
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    10 July 2018 in reply to LennieP

    Hi LennieP,

    Welcome to the forums and thanks for reaching out.

    It's wonderful that you're here and wanting to support your partner. As someone who has been on both sides I can say that it's not easy!

    Carmela has written a great post here about supporting a depressed partner and hopefully it can help you too -

    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/supporting-family-and-friends-with-a-mental-health-condition-(carers)/need-advice-to-cope-with-depressed-partner

    Feel free to ask any questions or let us know how we can help.

    Hope you enjoy being here.

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  4. LennieP
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    3 posts
    27 July 2018 in reply to Summer Rose
    Thankyou so much for your kind words I will definatly keep your advice in mind
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  5. LennieP
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    27 July 2018 in reply to romantic_thi3f
    Thankyou I have read the article and is was a wonderful help
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