DEAR DEIDRE: LOSING three close members of my family in just 14 months has sent me spiralling into depression.

My mother, grandfather and an aunt died one after the other, all from cancer. I can’t cope with the grief.

At only 39, I’m not sure how I can keep going. But I don’t want to let down my daughter, who is 11.

The worst thing is I have nobody to talk to. My friends have dropped me like a rock because I’m not fun to be around – even the ones I have been there for.

One of them cruelly told me to pull myself together and stop moping.

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Nobody understands. They’re so insensitive, they even post pictures of events I wasn’t invited to on social media.

The world seems like a horrible place. How do I move forward?

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Please make an appointment with your GP for treatment for your depression. My support packs about depression and bereavement will also help.

For a sympathetic ear, contact the Campaign Against Living Miserably (, 0800 585858).

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