This V-Day, help your partner beat the blues
The love and support of a partner can help those suffering from depression, and the more depressed your partner is, the more love you should show them. This is what a new study from the University of Alberta, Canada, which surveyed 1,407 couples annually across six years on their levels of depression and mutual support, showed.
Although it can be tempting to pull back from your loved one during times of stress and depression, the team found that helping the partner through these times can benefit their future mental health and improve feelings of self-worth and depression, with researcher Matthew Johnson explaining that, “Efforts from a partner to help alleviate stress may prevent the development or worsening of mental health problems and, in fact, could help keep the relationship healthy. When we experience stress, especially high levels of stress, we are particularly vulnerable and perhaps that’s why partner support in those times is so impactful,” he adds.
The study also showed that men’s feelings of self-esteem got a boost from supporting a depressed partner, as giving support to their partner made them feel better about themselves.