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Help a Friend

Watching a friend struggle emotionally or hurt themselves by abusing drugs and/or alcohol, cutting, or behaving recklessly as a means of escape 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 such as addiction, dangerous behaviors, and thoughts of suicide, it’s important that you don’t ignore these signs. Be the difference for a friend by learning the signs of a problem and how to help.

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.

Noticing Problems on Facebook & How to Help A Friend:

Have you ever signed on to Facebook and noticed that a friend posted something that caused you to worry about them, whether it was a series of hopeless sounding messages, concerning photos or even negative emojis?

This guide can teach you the warning signs of what emotional distress may look like on Facebook and in person. Click here and take the time to educate yourself so that you can be the best (digital) friend you can be.

If you or a friend are in crisis and need immediate help, please call 911 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or go to the nearest Emergency Department for help and an evaluation.