We don't provide mental health advice, counselling, or treatment. If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact your local community crisis team. You can also reach out to the Indigenous Hope for Wellness Help Line 1-855-242-3310, the Black Youth Helpline 1-833-294-8650, or Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868.
Students tell us that they want to know how to help a friend the right way. There are things you can do to listen and support when a friend is experiencing problems with their mental health, but it’s really important that you know that you don’t have to do this alone.
Sometimes students take on too much when a friend is hurting. Your main job is to support them to get the help they need. The best thing we can do for our friends is be there for them. Don’t judge, don’t try to fix, just listen.
Have a look at the Signs to Watch For section. Just like with your own mental health, changes in your friend’s behaviour, thoughts and emotions that seem to be intense or lasting a long time can be signs that they need some more support.