Text messaging can be a quick way to reach out to your friends who may be struggling. A few things to consider:
If your friend sends you a text and it sounds like they may be in a low mood, consider calling them, rather than texting back. They may not be able to take your call at the time but they will know that you care and are responsive to their need for help.
You may need to be the one that picks up the phone and calls them if your friend feels really down. One symptom of depression is isolating yourself from your friends and loved ones so be prepared to follow it through, if your friend is not responsive. You don’t want to intrude on their space but the offer of help will be an important message you are communicating to your friend, about how much you care and want to help.
Remember this: It is important to validate someone’s feelings before asking questions.
Here are some ways that you can reach out by text that may help your friend:
- I’ve been thinking about you I want you to know that I care and am here for you.
- I’d love to get together and find out how you are doing.
- I’m a phone call or text away and I care about you.
- I know you’ve been feeling down lately, I’m here for you anytime you want to talk.
- It’s hard to imagine what you’re going through, just know I’m here and I want to help you.
- I’m glad that you’re my friend, if you want to talk, I’m here.
- I know this is hard for you, please know I am available and want to help.
- I know things seem dark right now. I care and am here to talk if you want.
- What can I do to help?
- I know you can get through this, I’m here to help.
- You are not alone, I am here for you.
- You are not crazy!
- I know you are suffering right now, I am in your corner, want to get together and talk?
- Don’t give in to the darkness, you can count on me for help.
- Let’s get together and talk, I’m here for you.
- I’m not going anywhere.
- You’ve been a good friend to me, I want to be here for you too!