Hi, I will share up front that I am not a sufferer, but the parent of a young adult who suffers from severe depression and loneliness. I have to be very careful what I suggest to this person because I have come to realize that what seems like a good and rational idea to me does not look the same to them from their perspective. When I read some of the posts from people going through bad times it sounded just like speaking to this person - no hope, loneliness, despair, believing that world will never change and that they will never be happy.
I would be grateful to hear if sharing thoughts and receiving feedback and encouragement on a support site such as this actually makes a difference to sufferers and would you truly recommend it to someone in this person's position, and why. Many thanks in advance for anything you are willing to share.