Helping a Friend
- Ask a parent, trusted family member or a counsellor for help with the situation. Get their ideas on how to approach your friend.
- If you think you can talk to your friend, figure out what you want to say. How will you say it? Prepare ahead for the talk you want to have. It will make it easier if you have some ideas ahead of time.
- Find a private, comfortable place where you can talk together.
- It’s a good idea to start by letting your friend know you care about them.
- You can tell your friend you are concerned and be prepared to give some reasons why. Try to have some examples of things that concern you. Has their behaviour changed? Are they trying out Teen behaviours that are risky? Have some examples ready before you start.
- Avoid accusing or blaming statements. Simple statements often work best.
- Allow your friend time to think and reply.
- Tell them you care about what is going on, and you will help them find more help if needed.