How Can I Help Her?

Posted by | August 13, 2014 | Relationships | One Comment

Hi. My friend had a tendency to go for about a month of being pretty sad and down. Almost like depressed. Lately she really has been quieter and seems more sad and my other friend noticed cuts on her arms. I wanna help her without being pushy or scaring her. I think she’s just confused and feeling lonely because she pushes people away. How can I help her without making her feel intimidated or anything?

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  • BYS Counselor says:

    You are a very good friend to be concerned about this person. You are right it does sound like your friend might be dealing with some depression. The best thing that you can do is to be open and honest with your friend. Let her know how worried about you are about her. If you and others are noticing that your friend is self-harming then please let an adult immediately. Although most people self-harm to relieve pain this is a very dangerous and unhealthy coping skill. Your friend needs to learn safer and more healthy ways to deal with her feelings.

    Please share this website with your friend. We have some great articles on the site about depression and coping skills. We also have some really good journaling pages that both you and your friend might find helpful. Also know that you or your friend can call our counselors at (206) 842-9675, or send a text to (206) 707-6388. If you or your friend need to talk to someone right away, please call the crisis hotline at (800) 843-4793.

    Take Care

    BYS Counselor

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