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Signs to look out for include:
acting differently/out of control
withdrawing from friends and activities
frequently skipping classes
increased use of alcohol or drugs
overreacting to stress
talking about death (or "wanting out")
taking life-threatening risks
"I'm worried about you, you seem stressed."
"You seem down lately and you don't come out of your room much."
"I've noticed you seem to be partying a lot more lately."
"What's bothering you?"
"How have you been feeling lately?"
"Have you had thoughts about hurting yourself or ending your life?"
"Have you been thinking that things would be easier if you weren't around?"
- Take what they say seriously
- Offer emotional support, understanding and patience
- Let them know they don't have to suffer alone
- Acknowledge that depression and anxiety are real, common and treatable
- Hear their pain and avoid judgment
- Inform them that the Counseling Center if FREE and confidential
- Offer to accompany them to see a counselor or call the crisis hotline with them