How to Help a Friend/Student

Did you know that…

  • 50% of college students report feeling so overwhelmed in the past year that they can't function. Check out http://www.halfofus.com , especially the How to Help a Friend section on what you can do. Some tips include:
    • Get a good night's rest. If you are feeling like you need to stay up all night to help your friend stay safe, STOP. This is a sign to get professional help either from your RA, or by calling the UCIPD (949-824-5223) if after hours, or by driving directly to the nearest hospital emergency department right away.
    • If your friend feels like harming themselves or has a plan for suicide, you may need to call 9-1-1.
  • Warning signs of emotional distress might show up on social media. Check out this downloadable guide, a collaborative effort between the Jed Foundation, Facebook and Instagram Help a Friend in Need.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of preventable death in the college age population and asking about suicide does not “give someone ideas” nor does it make it worse. Suicide is preventable! Here are some resources from the American Suicide Prevention Foundation: https://afsp.org/find-support.
  • UC Office of the President supports mental health and has published Promoting Student Mental Health: A Guide for UC Faculty and Staff.
  • UCI’s Counseling Center provides resources for Assisting Students in Distress including the Red Folder.