TALKING TO YOUR FRIEND
With the transition into adulthood, many teens and young adults begin to seek and rely on help from friends. When it comes to mental health matters, it is no different.
If you think that a friend may be having thoughts of suicide, don’t be afraid to say something. Talking about suicide does not increase the risk of it happening. Instead, it helps someone know that you care and are willing to listen.
What to do if a friend comes to you for help
|Don’t panic! Remain calm and remember that you can help.|
|Listen carefully. Let your friend know that you care. Be supportive and don’t judge them.|
|Take it seriously.|
|Seek help. Get a trusted adult to help you.|
|Ask if they are thinking about suicide.|
|Do not leave your friend alone. If you cannot stay with them, find someone you trust.|
What NOT to do if a friend comes to you for help
|Don’t promise to keep it a secret. It is important to get help.|
|Don’t be afraid to ask them directly.|
|Don’t say “I know how you feel”. Listen openly to what they have to say. Make it about them.|
|Don’t suggest that something is “wrong” with them because they feel this way.|
|Don’t ignore your friend. It takes courage to ask for help and they chose you.|
How to start the conversation
|Ask if you can talk with them alone in private.|
|Ask questions to get them to open up.
|Listen to their story and allow them to talk freely.|
|Express concern and caring. Ask if they have thought about ending their life.
|Have resources available and encourage them to seek mental health services.
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