Help a friend

How to help if you're concerned about a friend who is feeling hopeless or thinking of harming themselves.

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What to say and do

Talk to the person you're concerned about

Most people who feel suicidal show warning signs. They want and need help.

It’s okay to ask someone if they are thinking about suicide.

Asking about suicide and talking about difficult feelings doesn’t make someone more likely to harm themselves.

Let your friend or family member know that you support them

Let them know that they are not alone. Remember that each person’s experience is different, so don’t simplify the problem by thinking about it in the same way as your own experience.

Encourage your friend or family member to see a healthcare professional

Offer to go with them to the appointment or the doctor’s office. If your friend or family member is uncomfortable or unable to communicate the problem, offer to do it for them.

On campus support

Student Health Service
During office hours, visit a doctor or nurse for help with mental health concerns or mental illness.

Urgent Care at UBC Hospital
Visit a doctor for help with urgent mental health and safety concerns. Open until 10pm.

24/7 support

VGH Access & Assessment Centre
Visit in person or call for mental health and substance use services.

Make sure to communicate that getting help is not weak

Many people will deny that they need help and feel that they should be able to cope on their own. This is a false and harmful belief; true strength is admitting that you need help.

Attend Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training

Become a Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) gatekeeper by attending a course.

Learn how to reach out to a friend, peer, student, family member, or colleague who may be experiencing suicidality.

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