Supporting Your Friends

Be a Shoulder to Lean On

It’s difficult when a friend or loved one struggles with their mental health and well-being. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t places you can turn to.

ConnecTeen is here to help you learn how you can help those around you, regardless of the issue they might be facing. Your friend might feel overwhelmed, confused, or even scared about finding support, but we’re here to help guide you through being there for your friend in a positive way.

If your friend could use someone to talk to, let them know ConnecTeen is here to help. Tell them to get in touch with us today.

How You Can Make a Difference

Your friend might not realize that they need help, or they might not know where to turn. Encourage them to seek help by speaking up and letting them know it’s okay.

Help your friend understand that there’s no shame in reaching out for help, and that many resources are available to them.

Getting the Help Your Friend Needs

There are many resources available to help manage mental health concerns. If your friend is in an immediate crisis, please dial 911. 

In non-emergency situations, we recommend contacting Distress Centre Calgary, 211, or Kids Help Phone. 

These resources have trained professionals available to provide help and guidance.

Distress Centre Calgary

Distress Centre Calgary provides confidential counselling to help individuals manage their mental health concerns.

Counselling can involve:

  • One-on-one conversations
  • Couples counselling
  • Family crisis counselling

They also have crisis support available 24/7 for those in immediate need.

211 is a helpline where your friends and loved ones can find help for addressing a range of concerns, whether it’s managing a mental health crisis or dealing with a problem in a relationship.

Connect with 211 today.

Tips for Supporting Your Friends

The first step in supporting a friend is being there for them. Let your friend know you’re there to listen and support them, no matter what they are going through. 

Being an active listener and giving them your full attention without judgment or criticism is essential. Be empathetic and offer encouragement and positivity to help lift their spirits.

When you’re offering support to your friend or loved one, keep these tips in mind:

  • Validate their feelings
  • Help them find resources and support
  • Encourage them to seek help from professionals
  • Be there for them through thick and thin
  • Respect their boundaries and privacy
  • Offer positive words and encouragement

At the end of the day, getting the help they need should be your utmost priority. If they might need professional guidance, have them contact ConnecTeen or Distress Centre Calgary.

Need More Support? Connect with Us Today.

If you need additional support or resources, please reach out to us at ConnecTeen. 

Our trained volunteers are available 24/7 to offer support and guidance, no matter what your friend may be facing. Reach out to us today and get connected with those who understand.

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