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How YOU Can Help a Friend with a Mental Health Concern

  • Take it seriously. Act NOW.
  • Find a quiet, private place to talk to your friend.
  • Tell him/her why you are concerned and what specific behaviors you’ve noticed.
  • Talk in a calm, nonjudgmental, and caring way.
  • Listen, don’t lecture.
  • Encourage your friend to seek help.
  • Prepare for all possible reactions. You may need to ask other people to assist you.
  • Take care of yourself.
  • Offer support, understanding, and encouragement.
  • Never keep talk of suicide a secret. Tell a trusted adult (school nurse, school counselor, teacher, coach, parent, etc.).