There are lots of ways to approach this conversation. Steve Noonan, DVM, who's lived through his own depression, has these suggestions.
If you're concerned someone you know might hurt themselves because of depression and suicidal thoughts, encourage them to get help. But what if someone just seems really down and you don't know what they're thinking and feeling?
Hopefully, yours is a strong team with good communication, says Steve Noonan, DVM, CPCC. Then, ask a good question ... and just listen.