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.

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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.

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

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

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

Thankfully, I’m still here.

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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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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.

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

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

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

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.