Almost anyone given to genuine, positive celebration of the holidays can help, since good fellowship and persistent friendly support help.
There may be few effective alternatives. Despite the abundance of ads for pharmaceutical "cures," there apparently is no magic bullet. There is instead evidence that a great many widely prescribed medications do not work as advertised, if at all.
Inevitably, some form of professional help will be required if some who face the holidays with year-round, acute, clinical depression are to get through the season alive.
Even if they refuse help, the beleaguered need us and many need us most, now.
If turned away, we should in most cases gently persist in holding out the hand of friendship. For some who are clinically depressed during the holidays and unwilling or unable to even acknowledge their plight, a helping hand is a matter of life and death.
Remember too that most will still need us long after the seasonal frenzy is quiet.
At the spiritual core of the season is love for one another and freely given help for those in need — almost a prescription for survival/ of the clinically depressed, if those of us who can help, will.