My family is dealing with the loss of a member of our immediate family due to depression. I will not go into the details but please be aware of the fact that it is a disease like any other and it has to be treated as such. Just as diabetes afflicts the pancreas, depression afflicts the brain and like any chronic illness it can be treated and managed. If not, it can kill.
If you or someone you know has depression, seek help through your medical professional. Talk to your family about it. Don’t expect a miracle cure or just to “snap out of it.” No one should have to suffer with a treatable illness due to shame or misunderstanding, and no family should have to deal with the aftermath.