Help a friend

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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.

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