I'm worried about a friend...

With all of the changes that you may face during your teenage years it’s normal to face difficult or risky challenges… some of these you and your friends will learn to cope with alone, but other times you might be worried about what to do next…

Click on the links on the left for advice about about a specific problem.

I’m worried about a friend…

If you have noticed changes in your friends behaviour or in their mood that you think is out of the ordinary the best thing you can do, as a friend, is to talk to them about it or tell them that you’re worried. Maybe encourage them to look through the information on this site. They may feel comfortable enough to talk to you about their problem in more detail, therefore it is important that you can see the signs of any risky behaviours and know where to get extra help and advice if you or your friend need it.

My friend has a problem and I don’t know what to do…

If your friend has already confided in you and you’re not sure of what to do next, click on the links to the left for information on what to do next for specific behaviours or issues and where to get help. Try to convince your friend to talk to an adult that they can trust such as a parent or teacher or youth worker.

I think my friend needs more help than I can give…

If you’re still worried and feel that your friend needs more help, try not to get distressed or too worried. It’s important that you can confide in an adult that you can trust who can support and advise you. The best way that you can help your friend is by making sure that you are looking after yourself and can keep a level head whilst giving your friend advice.