Most depressions can be cured or substantially alleviated yet we still pretend that they can't. Hand-wringing and attempts at sympathy don't help, enlightenment and common understanding will. Treatment guidelines are explicit, brief problem-solving talk-therapy is a proven treatment. We should be accepting and treating depression as the common ailment it is, not shrouding it in mystery and pretending that we don't know what to do about it.
I wrote about depression and a friend made an relevant comment which got me thinking. This raised an interesting concept (I thought) and, though it might appear to be brash self-promotion, it is also a sincere offer of help. If you are depressed, there is not need for the suffering to continue, as long as you find the right guide.