Your own safety and well-being are as important as that of the person in distress. Recognizing the limits of what you can do is an important part of taking care of yourself and your friend. Be honest with yourself about how much time and effort you are able to spend helping. Reflect on your own needs and seek support for yourself. Realize you cannot control how your friend will respond or make decisions for them.

Reach out for help for yourself if you experience any of the following as a result of helping

– Your grades are impacted

– You are sleep deprived

– Your thoughts are distracted

-You feel overly depended-on by your friend

You aren’t alone and you don’t need to have all the answers!

If you need more help please visit the Information and Resources section to find the support you need.

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