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Be a friend

Worried about a college friend? Do you know how to talk to your friend about depression? Or what to do? Will you stand with your friend and say, “You’re not alone. It’s okay to talk about what no one else wants to hear.”

Being a college student is high risk for depression

Half of college students are so depressed, they can’t function. And they don’t know it’s okay to talk about their suffering.

Being a friend to someone who is depressed may have you scrambling for answers, because you don’t know what to say, don’t get the situation, or don’t understand depression. It can be time consuming, frustrating, and even infuriating. It’s a series of mis-steps and mistakes that you wish you could have avoided. Add in your friend’s need to talk. And to hear, “It’s okay to talk, it’s going to take time, it’s safe to talk.”

To guide you, Active Minds has developed the Be A Friend Program. It’s designed for students on college campuses to change the conversation about mental health.

What is Be A Friend?

Be A Friend is a 9 part series of resources to help you talk to and interact with a college student who is depressed or anxious. It also helps you talk to someone who may be suicidal or who attempted suicide. The series covers everything you need to know. From the early warning signs to the final self-care stage.

 

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To find out more about each step, please go to ActiveMinds.org

Students need to understand what’s happening to them, that its not their fault, and that they’re not alone. Be A Friend is an easy resource for students, their friends and family. Being in tune with your mental health is as, if not more, important as your grades. 

If you or your friend is in an IMMEDIATE CRISIS call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “BRAVE” to 741-741 to reach Crisis Text Line. Both are available 24/7.

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