Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. – Ronald Reagan
Read the post with the same title at BrightSide.
They told you what NOT to say to depressed people.
They also let you know what you SHOULD be saying instead.
Basically, there are three portions.
First, be empathic. Let them know that you understand what they are going through.
Second, take things one step at a time. Not to rush things through. Not to sweep them under the carpet. But to deal with it one task at a time.
Third, let them know that you are there with them. They don’t have to deal with it alone. You can be there to lend a helping hand or a listening ear.
Depression is a serious matter. Help them whenever you could. You could be saving a life.