Sometimes when I'm heading for the bottom, I reach out to people. I tell them I'm lonely. More often than not they just ignore it and continue on the conversation like I never said anything in the first place. Like it doesn't mater. And that makes me feel like I don't mater.
When you're hitting bottom and depression is looming on the horizon, it's really hard to reach out to people. If someone makes the effort, please make the effort to listen, and respond appropriately. You could easily be the difference between a loosing battle with depression and a reason to fight on and get better. You could, no exaggeration, be the difference between life and suicide for someone close to you.
I've often heard people ask. 'Why didn't he talk to someone', after a suicide. Often I wonder, maybe they did try to, maybe you ignored them when you could have made the difference. Yes, every story is different and I'm not trying to throw blame around. I'm just asking you, as someone who has been on the wrong side of depression and suicidal thoughts, that if someone reaches out to you, even if it sounds or feels silly to you, please, please acknowledge what they have said to you, and address the issue with care and sensitivity on the terms they have approached you with.
Imagine the difference you could make to their life. All you have to do is be there for them. What might feel like a small thing to you, could be a huge thing to someone you know.