Depression is the most common of the forms of mental illness. There are many. It seems that after decades of neglect, the government is finally getting serious about the issue. I would suggest a good first step for our society is to recognise that mental illness is as valid a condition as any other recognised illness. I would also suggest that we give those doctors working in the field as much respect a we'd give a heart surgeon. It would also be good to stop offering our friends and family advice in a subject we know the squAre root of bugger all about.
Mental illness is a modern day plague and our attitudes to it are stuck in the dark ages. The plague spread because we didn't understand the illness or how to treat them. Friends and family need support, not ill informed opinions.If you love someone, give them unconditional support and love. Let the people who are trained and qualified give the medical advice.