Respond in a Crisis
The experience of living with depression or bipolar disorder, which often begins with painful and debilitating symptoms, can ultimately provide people with unique insights about diagnoses and the ability to help their peers, as well as to provide hope and inspiration. Helping others can aid people with mood disorders to build their confidence and to maintain their own mental health.
Family members or close friends are the people most likely to recognize when a loved one is approaching or in a crisis. Acting swiftly and effectively when warning signs of a developing emergency emerge can produce better results than allowing a situation to deteriorate before acting.