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How to Help a Friend in Need

  • Be present and available. It is important to help them feel like they are not alone. Sometimes this may mean just sitting with them or taking a walk.

  • Listen to them in a nonjudgmental way. Get them talking.

  • Set up times you can hang out.

  • Call to check up on them.

  • Help them find support. Maybe see if they will talk with parents or other adults. The person can be a teacher, coach, school counselor, medical provider, pastor, older friend or sibling. Also, the age for an individual to seek mental health services on their own is 13. If they are unable to reach out to a trusted adult they can always seek services if older than 13.

  • If they are talking about suicide it is important they are able to get help. Sometimes they will not want you to seek help for them but you must if they are suicidal. You can reach out to an adult to help you or call the crisis lines. If you are concerned it is an immediate concern call 911.

  • It’s important to know that even as a friend you need to do what is best for you and your friend. If at any time you feel overwhelmed and/or unable to provide the needed support, please involve an adult.

Crisis Lines

Benton County: 509-783-0500

Yakima County: 509-575-4200

National Suicide Prevention Line:

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line: Text “start” to 741-741

Reaching out for help for someone could save their life.


Do not be afraid to call.

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