Despite national efforts to tackle the stigma around the subject of mental health, many people are still unsure of how to broach the subject.
Now, in a frank discussion on Reddit, people who suffer with depression have given an insight into what not to say.
A user posed the question: 'Depressed People of Reddit what is the worst thing someone can say to you to try to cheer you up?'
It prompted a flood of responses from frustrated people on the forum - many of whom said they resented being told simply to 'cheer up'.
The user wrote: 'Cheer up. I would always like to reply to this one with How? It usually shut people up quick [sic].'
Talk on the thread then turned to well-meaning people who advise those suffering with depression to 'stay positive'.
One person said: '"Just think happy thoughts and the sad ones will go away." Do you honestly think I would be depressed if getting rid of it was as simple as thinking of happy things? '
'"Happiness is a choice." You think I made the conscious decision to be like this?,' another agreed.
A lot of the people sharing their stories recalled being told they had no reason to be depressed - despite depression often not being caused by circumstances.
One said: 'Had a friend that told me I have no reason to be depressed because he'd been through more s*** than me. Decided to stop being friends straight away.'
While another user said they'd been told 'Depressed about what?! You have a great life. Get over it.'
One respondent explained that people make poor judgements about depression because a lot of people don't understand the illness, saying: 'People simply don't understand what depression is, and what impact can it have on a person's life.
'This is something that should be taught in schools, including how to avoid it.'
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