It can be hard to watch a friend who is having problems. It can make you feel helpless, but there is something you can do. You can help them just by being there as someone they can talk to and confide in.
It’s important to let your friend know that they are not alone. Many people and organizations can help them. Guidance counsellors, teachers or adults they trust can help them. The Kids Help Phone is also available 24 hours a day to listen and offer advice for difficult problems.
One of the best things you can do is encourage your friend to talk about their problem and help them to understand they don’t deserve to be treated this way. Keep talking to your friend until they agree to get help.
Whether it’s a bully at school or a boyfriend or girlfriend who is hurting your friend, it’s important to take your friend seriously. No one should have to put up with someone hurting or scaring them.
It’s important to report abusive behaviour to teachers and principals and encourage your friends to reach out, call the Kid’s Help Phone or call 911 in an emergency.