How to Help a Friend


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.

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

Thankfully, I’m still here.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upworthy: If you know someone who might be suicidal, here are 12 helpful suggestions from experts.

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.

Back in Session: How to take care of your mental health in the classroom

Millennials And Mental Health

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

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

10 Helpful Tips on How to Talk to a Suicide Loss Survivor.

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

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

Discover the risk factors and warning signs of suicide.

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

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?

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

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

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.

AFSP and others have resources that can help.

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