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Where Can I Get Help?


There will probably be a time in your life when a friend or peer needs help.

How Can I Help My Friend?

Friends might come to you with their problems because you are someone that they trust. As their friend, you may be able to help to:

  • Sort through the problem.
  • See the situation more clearly.
  • Look at the problem in a new or different way.
  • Help your friend release built-up tension.
  • Allow your friend to see that they are not alone – you may find that you share some of the same feelings or concerns.
  • Identify options or solutions your friend hadn’t thought of before.

Listening to your friend and being there for them is an important step in your friend seeking help.

Check out this Conversation Guide from RU OK for some helpful tips on how to support your friend.

It’s important to remember that you are not a trained counsellor or psychologist. It’s important for you to listen to your friend’s troubles, but equally as important for you to support them in finding help.

Where Can My Friend Find Further Help?

  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (available 24/7, for young people between 5 and 25)
  • eHeadspace 1800 650 890 (available 9am to 1am, everyday, for young people between 12 and 25)
  • 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732 (available 24/7, for all ages)
  • Lifeline 13 11 14 (available 24/7, for all ages)

Supporting a friend going through something tough can be hard for you, too. These services are available for you, too. If you need to talk to someone, reach out.

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