Helping someone get over sadness is an effort…but helping someone overcome depression is a process.
Sadness is different from depression. When you lose something or someone or simply lose, then it is natural to be sad and it does run its due course. However, depression is slightly different. A person begins to get depressed due to one of the three reasons…when he feels lonely, when he feels there is nothing good about him, or when he feels he is stuck and has no future.
And thus there are obvious ways to address these three reasons – by kindling his belief in your unconditional support…by pointing-out and highlighting his good aspects…and by giving hope and helping him chart out a path for future. And there are times when you have to do all three simultaneously, because depression is additive – it runs in a loop.
That’s why it is important to ‘not let a person go in depression’ rather than to ‘try and get one out of it’.
PS: The post is for both genders. It is just that I found it comfortable to write with one pronoun.