Help a Friend

Help a Friend

Watching friends struggle emotionally or hurt themselves by drinking too much, cutting or behaving recklessly, can be stressful. It’s hard to know what to say or do. But, as a friend, you may notice signs or a problem that others can’t see. Since unaddressed emotional health issues can lead to serious consequences, it’s important you don’t ignore those signs. Don’t feel like you have to handle it alone – this section contains information and resources that can help you if you are worried about a friend.

We support our friends in a lot of ways. If you have a friend who is having a difficult time emotionally, not coping well with something, or using drugs or alcohol to escape, there are ways to help. It can be tricky to address these sorts of problems with a friend, but unaddressed emotional issues can lead to addiction, dangerous behaviors, or thoughts of suicide. Be the difference for a friend by learning the signs of a problem, and how to help.

If you think someone you know is thinking about or planning suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a confidential conversation with a counselor about how you can help.

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