If someone you know or love has depression, don’t be afraid to reach out to them or be around them. Photo: Alamy

How to help people suffering from depression: tips for friends and family to support loved ones

  • Most of us know at least one person who’s struggling with their mental health. Reaching out to them can make a lot more difference than you think
  • Here are some useful tips on the best ways to show comfort and understanding
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If someone you know or love has depression, don’t be afraid to reach out to them or be around them. Photo: Alamy
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Left or right? Dr Hannah Critchlow says that we make such decisions by referring to a range of deeply submerged criteria. Photo: Alamy

Do we have free will? What neuroscience can tell us about our decision-making abilities

  • A neuroscientist at Cambridge University says that all our decisions are made by the brain without us consciously knowing why
  • As we age, she says, our brains are more likely to fit information into a pre-existing pattern rather than take on new beliefs – a matter of energy efficiency
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Left or right? Dr Hannah Critchlow says that we make such decisions by referring to a range of deeply submerged criteria. Photo: Alamy
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