In addition to the excellent advice given by others, it may be important to seek out additional support for yourself and your other daughter. Caring for a family member with depression is hard work! It's challenging to manage the feelings of concern and perhaps powerlessness when you notice your daughter making choices that you feel are not helping her. Some of what you describe is the ‘contagion effect’ of depression - that is, the nature of depression is that people feel hopeless and that nothing will help, and those caring for them can end up feeling the same way. The federal government funds counselling for family members caring for someone with an illness through Carer Organizations in each state - just google ‘Carers Australia’ and their website provides links to the Carer Service in your region. This would be available to you and others in the family as well (such as your elder daughter). Counselling can give you strategies to support your daughter and for your own self-care. There are also organizations in each state that offer support and information for family carers - one such organization is ARAFEMI which has branches in a number of states. In support groups you can hear from other families about what they have tried that has helped their loved one, and feel you are not alone and that others ‘get it’.
All the best.
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