My friend needs help

Are you worried about a friend? Are they talking about wanting to die or saying the world would be better off without them? Has their mood or behaviour changed a lot? Do they stay home and never want to go out anymore? Are they losing weight or not sleeping?

Your friend may need help and as their friend, there are some things you can do. Try talking to them to find out what’s on their mind. Don’t be afraid to ask if they’re thinking about suicide. Talking about things is helpful.

If a friend is talking about hurting themselves, or hurting someone else and if you think that they’re going to do something right now – then call 911!

If it doesn’t seem to be an immediate crisis, ask if there’s an adult that they trust. Offer to go with them for support. If they refuse your help, don’t let them convince you to keep this a secret.

You don’t have to tackle it alone. Taking care of yourself is one of the best things you can do when trying to take care of someone else. Rather than trying to have all the answers, seek support from professionals who are around to help you.

  • Speak to an adult you trust – parent, teacher, or family doctor.
  • Visit one of our Walk-in Clinics – it’s free, no appointment necessary and one of our counsellors can provide support. Talk to your friend about Walk-in ­– and that you’ll go with them – it’s completely confidential and we don’t judge.
  • Check out our Useful Links in the Resource section of our website. There’s a number of websites with really good information. In particular, check out Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868