If your friend posts something that makes you concerned, it’s important to take action. If your friend shares content that makes you think they’re not safe or posts about suicide, self-harm, excessive drinking or substance use, or depressing thoughts, it’s important to reach out to them. Some comments may seem subtle while others stand out, but these kinds of warning signs should always be taken seriously. Private message them, call them or text them. Try saying things like:
•You ok? If you need someone to talk to, I’m here.
•Hey, I care about you, what’s going on?
•How are you doing? If anything is wrong, I got you. Talk to me. I’m here to support you
Facebook also offers another way to help if you are worried about someone after seeing content they’ve shared about suicide or self-harm.
No matter how you reach out, it’s important to try. Sometimes you may not know what to say, or you may get frustrated if it doesn’t change what they share. But remember, we are not alone, and there is help available.
Here are a few tips that may help:
- Report the content to Facebook facebook.com/help/contact/305410456169423
- Share some resources and information that your friend may find helpful. facebook.com/help/216817991675637#resources
- Be there to support them and contact a family member, auntie, uncle, friend, counselor or teacher, or another trusted adult who can help.