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What can I do to help?

Talk to your friend

Ask how they are, let them know you’re worried about them and that you care. 

When you’re worried about someone, it can be really difficult to stay calm. But if you can, talk to them sensitively and let them know that you’re there for them and you’ll listen without judging.

Get help 

If you’re worried about your friend’s safety, it’s important that you speak out and find help for them as soon as you can. 

If you think your friend or someone else is in urgent danger you should call 999 straight away to speak to the police or ambulance service and get help. 

Or if you think they’re safe for now, but you’re worried about what could happen to them later, try talking to an adult you trust – perhaps a parent or teacher. 

You might have already promised to keep what your friend has told you a secret, but remember that their safety is more important.

Suggest to your friend that they talk to an adult they trust

This might be difficult for them, but it’s important they know they’re not alone and that people can help them. 

You could also tell them about Shore and suggest they use our email services to get support and advice. These services are anonymous – this means your friend doesn’t have to say who they are.  

They can also get help from Childline

Remember to look after yourself

Worrying about a friend can be really difficult. It can make you feel upset, anxious or overwhelmed. If you feel this way, do speak to an adult you trust about what’s going on and how you’re feeling.