Are you in crisis? Please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) immediately. This is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a 24-hour service available to anyone in need of help. Never ignore or underestimate remarks about suicide. Take them seriously, and make certain that the person in crisis is cared for. And if you think your friend is in immediate danger, do not leave him or her alone—stay there and call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
What to look for:
Sometimes it is hard to know when help is needed, but you should never hesitate to ask for help. Seeking help is a sign of strength, and NEVER a wrong decision. Knowing what to look for and recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders can help you help yourself and others get important care.
How to help a friend:
Knowing that a friend or loved one is struggling with their mental health can be scary and confusing. You may feel helpless, but as a friend, you can make a difference by listening, being prepared, and knowing when to act. Knowing the questions to ask, how to connect your friend to help, and the do's and don'ts of talking to your friend about mental health are crucial.
Read more about how to help a friend. In addition to 10 suggestions to keep in mind, you can also find conversation starters or questions to ask as well as a chart of ideas worth trying, and others worth avoiding.
Where to turn:
It may not always seem this way, but there are many options for seeking help and talking about your mental health needs. Any person you trust, such as a parent, professor, coach, RA, or friend, can be a great way to start.
Know where to turn. Here you'll find suggestions about where to go for help as well as other recommended websites for getting more information on mental health, mental illness, and helping friends and loved ones.
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Friends made a difference for Emily:
In her freshman year of college at Duke University, Emily began struggling with Depression. Her friends made a tremendous difference and helped her get through the tough time. She has this advice...
"If you are sick, please seek help. Talk to your parents, a friend, a psychologist, ME! If your friend is suffering, just hold their hand, sit with them while they cry. Don't expect them not to feel shitty or to just get over it. It's not that simple. Be patient, and understand if they just want to be alone. It's going to take time.
My friends watch out for me - they pay attention to my eating, my sleeping, how often I cry. My favorite is when they just pull me aside, look me in the eye, and ask, 'Are you alright?' It's amazing how such simple words can make you feel so loved."