Friendship is all about looking out for each other.
We’re in a unique position to notice when our friends are having a hard time, and to take action to support them. If you’re worried that a friend is struggling emotionally, trust that instinct. Use the tips and tools below to help you recognize a problem, start a conversation, and follow through with your support.
If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or having thoughts of suicide, text HOME to 741-741 or call or text 988 now.
Learn the Warning Signs
Change in behavior and the ways our friends interact with us could be an indication that they're struggling in silence. Learning the warning signs is the first step to being there for a friend in need.
Trust Your Instincts
It’s normal to dismiss concerns when friends tell us they’re fine, even when deep down we know they aren’t. Find out how to trust your gut and get your friend the help they need.
Be There for Them
Our friends are more likely to get the help they need if they know we’re going to support them along the way. Find out how to be a resource and a support system for your friend who’s struggling.
Seize The Awkward
Right now, checking in on friends’ mental health is more important than ever. View our new PSA and check out Seize the Awkward for tools to check in with a friend.
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
988 is the new three-digit dialing code where compassionate, accessible care and support are available for those experiencing mental health-related crises—including thoughts of suicide or a substance use crisis. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
Pressing pause is a powerful part of everyone’s self-care routine, so we’ve partnered with PINK to launch Press Pause. This program gives young adults tips, tools, and experiences to help them practice mindfulness in their daily lives and to cope with emotional challenges in the moment.
Help during COVID for Students, Teens and Young Adults
As we all cope with changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students, teens, and young adults have been, and continue to be, faced with how to handle their emotions and support their mental health. JED has several resources to help them navigate these challenging and uncertain times.
Seize the Awkward
There are different ways to start the conversation and yet, no wrong way. Developed in partnership with the Ad Council and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, JED’s Seize the Awkward has videos, GIFs, conversation starters, and more to help make starting the conversation, well, less awkward.
Sharing stories is a powerful way to reduce shame, prejudice, and secrecy, and inspire us to be proactive about our mental health. JED has two video series that help shine a personal light on mental health. JED Voices features intimate conversations with notable and influential mental health advocates and JED Storytelling features personal experiences of real people who’ve struggled with their mental health.