When someone you care about is struggling, talking to them about it can make a big difference. Find information on how to have the conversation and where to find support for someone you are worried about.
Supporting a friend
If you are worried about a friend, it’s important to let them know what you’ve noticed. Listen to what they say without judgement and let them know you will help them get support. Remember, you do not have to offer a solution. Listening to, and validating someone’s feelings can be just as helpful. It helps if you know the options for support. You might recommend they go and visit a local GP, or if they’re not comfortable with speaking to someone face-to-face, let them know about online and email counselling services.
Find more tips on supporting someone you're worried about
My friend is thinking about suicide
If your friend is joking or talking about suicide, giving possessions away or saying goodbye, it is very important to do something. You might tell their parents, partner, a trusted adult or contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. Even if you promised not to tell, what’s most important is that your friend needs your support. You can talk with them another time about why you had to get them help.
Suicidal warning signs
How to check in with someone – the Check-in app
So, you’ve got a friend who you’re worried about. Knowing how to talk to them about it can be the hard part. The Check-in app helps you plan your conversation beforehand, so you know how you’re going to go about it.
How does it work?
The app takes you through four super easy, quick steps, designed to help you think about where you might check in, what you might say, and how might you support your friend. There is also a section highlighting things to consider, such as “what if my friend denies there is a problem?” or “what if I say something silly?"
Services for young carers
Do you help care for someone who has an illness, disability, a mental health condition or alcohol and drug problems? Are you in need of support? Check out these sites for information and support.
A place for young carers to learn about support services, access resources and share their stories and opinions.
Information for kids, teens and adults who have a parent with a mental health condition.