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Helping a Friend
One of the most important ways to be a good friend is to help your friends when you notice something is wrong. This includes helping them get the support they need and deserve if they are experiencing a mental health condition. This might seem like a big task, but it doesn’t have to be.
One conversation could change a life!

This one simple question could make a huge difference in the life of someone you care about. This message should be taken to every classroom, home and business. By having the confidence to start conversations often…and with real care, you can be the motivation for transforming those who are struggling with life. Asking a classmate or friend if they’re ok can help a student cope with stressful situations at school or home that seem overwhelming. It can help a businessperson deal with imminent deadlines or the stress of disgruntled co-workers. It can help a family member overcome the crushing feelings of hopelessness, anger or depression. 
Remember…suicide can be prevented.
The best way to help prevent suicide is to be aware of some common warning signs. Although some suicides do occur without warning, most people will show outward signs. It’s important to recognize when someone is suicidal, but it’s equally as important to be aware of the first signs of trouble.

Here are some warning signs:
  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Researching ways to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless
  • Talking about having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling unbearable heartache
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Being agitated or behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing from others or feeling isolated
  • Talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
Be aware of others’ feelings!
Many people, at some time in their lives, think about suicide. Most of them decide to live because they eventually come to realize that their crisis is temporary, but death is permanent. On the other hand, people having a crisis sometimes perceive that their dilemma is inescapable and feel a total loss of control. 

Do you know someone who exhibits these signs? Offer them help…a listening ear…whatever support they need!
 But if some situations or conversations with those you care about become too complicated for family or friends to handle…or if you’re worried about someone and feel they need urgent professional support, contact your local doctor or a crisis support center. Just like you, R U OK? Is not equipped to offer crisis intervention or expert counseling…and our website is not a substitute for the professional care available.
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