How to Help a Friend

#RealConvo

When it comes to mental health, what we say — and how we listen — matters. Sometimes all it takes to help prevent suicide is trusting your instinct, reaching out to someone you're concerned about, and having a #RealConvo.

I am living proof that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and I am living proof that there is always hope.

Discover the risk factors and warning signs of suicide.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, please visit 13ReasonsWhy.info for resources to seek help

It took me a long time to realize I wasn't being a burden on other people, and that I needed to talk to save my own life.

I’ll be honest, inpatient hospitalization is not a vacation.

Learn what to say – and how to say it – to a young person you’re concerned about.

Rather than asking me how my father died or why he "chose" to do it, I wish people would ask me how my father lived.

Elyse Fox is the creator of Sad Girls Club, a space for women on Instagram to share openly about mental health.

This post is presented in collaboration with Active Minds, the national organization dedicated to empowering students to speak openly about mental health.

Thankfully, I’m still here.

The more we share, the easier it is to heal and live a healthy life.

If you are in a state of distress, reaching out is the first step to safety. Click here for links to dedicated crisis services.

Reaching out for help was one of the scariest things I’ve ever had to do, but I knew it had to be done.

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AFSP and others have resources that can help.

Four Tips on How to Have a #RealConvo with a Friend

Find someone who can help people get relief from mental health conditions, and find ways to improve mental wellness and resiliency.

It’s important to know you can stop suicide simply by being aware and taking action.

Everyone has advice for you when you first go to college.

You can text TALK to 741-741 to text with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line for free, 24/7.

What should someone tell a child who has just lost a loved one to suicide? What can a kid do to cope with this loss? What can be said?

Exposing young minds to literature that opens them up to the experience of others fosters a sense of natural human empathy.

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Out of my struggles with my mental illness, I began speaking on college campuses to spread the message of acceptance, awareness, and hope.

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