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Everyone goes through points in their lives where they need a little assistance getting through a rough spot. During these times, having a positive and supportive person to lean on can make a world of difference; but what happens when a friend is going through more than a minor life difficulty, such as a small fight with their parents, or doing poorly on a test? What happens when your friend reveals that they are experiencing something serious, such as suicidal thoughts, an abusive relationship, or drug use? Where do you turn? It is important to remember that just being a positive friend is not going to be enough to support this person, in fact it is important that this person is able to receive all of the supports that they can get.

They first step is turning to a trusted adult. When a friend is in danger it is not tattling to ask for help. Turning to a trusted adult will give you an ally to make sure that your friend is safe. The adult can work with you to find the best resources available for your friend. It is also crucial for you to help your friend identify an adult in their life that they trust, and encourage them to ask this adult for help.

Next, you can work with your friend and a trusted adult to get your friend the help that he or she needs. It might be valuable to work to connect your friend with mental health resources, medical access, healthy activities, spirituality, family support, or a mentor. The DenverRAP Resource Guide is a great start in finding out what is available in Denver. Metro Crisis Services is another amazing resource, and they have people available to talk 24/7 at 1-844-493-TALK.

IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOUR FRIEND IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL 9-1-1.

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