Help a friend
If you’re concerned that someone may be selfharming or suicidal, the Mental Health Foundation gives the following advice: • If you’ve noticed scars, marks, or behaviour that concerns you, but you are not sure whether the person is self-harming, talk to them. Ask them if they would like to talk about what’s going on for them and be patient. They might not want to open up straight away, but letting them know you are there for them is a big help. Show them you care and that you are concerned. • If someone tells you they are self-harming or they want to hurt themselves, take them very seriously. If they are seriously hurt or have taken any poisonous substances get help immediately. Call emergency services on 111 and ask for an ambulance, to take them to the emergency department at your nearest hospital. • If you are worried they might be suicidal, ask them. It could save their life. Asking about suicide will not put the thought in their head. Support them to access professional help, like a doctor or counsellor. Go with them if possible.