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Please stay on our website so that you know when a counsellor is ready. You can check out other Childline s, videos and games while you wait. Supporting a friend can be hard. You want to say and do the right thing to help them, but you might not know the best way to do it. A friend's problems can sometimes make you unhappy too. But we've got tips on how you can be there for them. It can be really difficult to know the best way to help a friend. But you don't have to support them on your own.
Especially if their problems are really serious. Often it's helpful to get some advice from someone else. This doesn't mean you're letting your friend down. Or that you're breaking their trust. It's natural for your friend not to want to tell anyone. They might be scared of what happens next. But it's a good idea to get some advice from a teacher or parent.
And if there isn't an adult you can trustyou can always talk to us. Anyone can be bullied, and it's never their fault if they are. If you're worried that a friend might be being bullied, online or at school, there's lots you can do to support them.
Your school has a responsibility to stop bullying and keep you safe. Every school should have an anti-bullying policy which explains how they're trying to stop bullying. You can find out more about this by talking to a teacher. You could tell a teacher by yourself or with your friend. If you're finding it hard to say what's happening out loud, try writing a letter to start the conversation. It's important to tell someone if the bullying doesn't stop after you've reported it as well. Bullying can have a big effect on how someone feels about themselves.
Showing them you're there for them can really help, even if they don't feel ready to talk about what's happening. Write down who says and does what, and where the bullying happened.
You can also screenshot any posts you see online. Showing your school the bullying diary can help them to understand how serious the situation is and how long it's been going on for.
It's not always easy to tell if someone's being bullied. And sometimes it can seem like what's happening doesn't upset them that much. But everyone has different ways of showing things, and even small comments can have a big effect on someone. What one person thinks is banter, could feel like bullying to someone else. If you're worried about a friend, it's important to ask them how they feel and show you're there for them.
Make sure you ask them privately, when they're on their own and not in front of people. A few words of support can make a big difference. Most social media sites and apps have rules against bullying or threatening behaviour. And if you see someone being bullied online, you can report the content or the person who's doing the bullying. It can be really hard to know what to do if you see someone being bullied. But a few words of support can make a massive difference.
It can be difficult to know what to say when a friend tells you they have a mental health issue. There are lots of ways you can support a friend and show you care. Talking can really help. Your friend might want to say a lot, or hardly anything. Listening to them at their pace can show that you care, and that you want to support them. There are lots of ways to get help with mental health. Remember it can take time for feelings to change, and you're not responsible for helping someone feel better.
It's also important that you get support. If helping your friend is difficult or upsetting, talk to a counsellor for support. Sometimes your friend might not be able to spend time with you because of their mental health. Finding out someone you care about is self-harming can make you feel worried, confused and a bit helpless.
Remember, it's not just down to you to help someone stop self-harming. If you need support, you can always talk to one of our counsellors. If your friend ever talks about suicide or taking their own life, it's important to tell an adult as soon as possible. This means your friend can get help. It might take some time but things can get better.
You've done the right thing in trying to get help. Find out more about suicide and coping with suicidal feelings. Abuse can mean a lot of different things. It can include neglectphysical abuseemotional abuse and sexual abuse. If you're worried about your friend, you can talk to us at any time. Your friend might feel very scared about what will happen if they tell someone. So remember, they may not want to talk to you about it right away.
If they've told you about what's happening to them, you could encourage them to tell a trusted adult about it. This could be:. You or your friend can speak to us, without anybody else finding out. Childline is confidential, and we'd only tell someone else if we think someone's life Just seeking a friend to talk to in danger. Calls are free and won't show up on the phone bill. Find out more about our confidentiality promise.
If someone close to your friend has died, it can be a very difficult time for them.
It's difficult to know what to do. But there are things you can do to be supportive:. Make contact It's normal to feel awkward around somebody who's grieving, and you might want to avoid upsetting them anymore. But your friend needs as much support as possible, especially at school.
Be honest about how you feel. Saying, "I'm not sure what to say, but I want you to know that I care" will mean a lot to them. Sometimes just being there for them can really help. Sometimes a friend might just want to be alone. It can help to remind them that you're there for them whenever they're ready. Offer practical help There are lots of little ways you can make it easier for your friend. them on a walk, go for lunch with them or watch a film together. You can also help by writing out any notes they've missed in class and collecting hand-outs.
Listen and be there for them Let your friend talk about how their loved one died. If they're not ready to talk just yet, don't force them. You can help by just being there and reminding them that it is okay to feel sad. Find out more about coping when someone dies. Just seeking a friend to talk to grieves differently Your friend might show a range of emotions, going from very quiet to lashing out. This is very common. It's important not to take what they say personally as it's a confusing time for them. There's no set time for feeling better For some people it can take 18 to 24 months, but it can be longer.
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On this Helping a friend who's being bullied Helping a friend with their mental health Supporting a friend who self-harms Helping a friend who's suicidal Helping a friend through a tough time Coping with death. Supporting someone can be really hard, so it's important you get help too. Tell a teacher or adult you trust Your school has a responsibility to stop bullying and keep you safe. Be there for your friend Bullying can have a big effect on how someone feels about themselves.
If you're worried about your friend, try: reminding them that you're there to listen to them if they want to talk helping them to tell an adult they trust or talk to Childline helping them to take their mind off the bullying by doing things you both enjoy together. Keep a bullying diary Write down who says and does what, and where the bullying happened. Ask your friend how they feel It's not always easy to tell if someone's being bullied.
Report bullying you see online Most social media sites and apps have rules against bullying or threatening behaviour. Bullying and cyberbullying If you or someone you know is being bullied, we're here to help. Bullying on social media If you're being bullied on social media, we can help you to cope and report the bullying. Homophobic and transphobic bullying Bullying is always wrong. Find out how we can help. Faith and religious bullying You don't have to cope alone, we can support you. Helping a friend with their mental health It can be difficult to know what to say when a friend tells you they have a mental health issue.
Let them talk Talking can really help. Help them get support There are lots of ways to get help with mental health. Encourage them to speak to someone like: a doctor line counsellorwho are here whenever they're ready to talk an adult they trust. Perhaps you can ask them what you could do to help them feel more ready to talk. Getting support for yourself Remember it can take time for feelings to change, and you're not responsible for helping someone feel better. But there are things you can do to help: Be there for them Remember that it might have been really difficult for them to tell you about this.Just seeking a friend to talk to
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