Helping a Friend Who is Feeling Down

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It can be hard to know what to say when your friend is feeling down. It can take time and patience to get them to open up about what's going on. Buzzfeed has some great tips on what you can do to help your friend open up. Remember it doesn't have to be a grand gesture - watching a movie with your mate or just sitting with them can really help.

Check out the headspace resource If Your Friend Is Not OK it has heaps of helpful tips such as:

1. Listen and try not to judge or “fix things” straight away.

2 Let your friend know that they don’t have to go through this on their own.

3 Some people need ‘time’ or ‘space’ before they’re willing to accept help.

4 Suggest they read stories at headspace.org.au about other young people who have made it through difficult times.

5 Be honest about why you are worried.

6 Encourage them to try some self-help strategies.

7 Don’t be too forceful in encouraging self-help activities.

8 Encourage them to talk to a trusted adult.

9 Sometimes, self-help strategies and/or talking to family and friends is not enough and that’s okay.

10 Let them know about eheadspace.