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Mental Health and Wellness at Nobles: How to Help a Friend

Find resources to promote wellness and mental health, especially for the Noble and Greenough School community. Your suggested additions, improvements and changes are always welcome.

Start the Conversation

There's no "one right way" to tell a friend you're worried about them. As awkward as it can be, as YouTuber Markiplier admits—it's important. Find out more on Seize the Awkward about signs for concern, conversation starters, what to say, and next steps.

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Another good resource comes from the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry. It includes how to ask a friend if they're okay, and what you can do to help, as well as a video on active listening and guidance on reaching out.

How to Be a Good Friend to Someone with a Mental Illness

Members of Mighty.com (a supportive community for those with health challenges, their caregivers and loved ones) shared what friends and family can do to best support them.

For Immediate Help

If you or someone you know is in danger of self-harm, please call 911 or the Suicide Prevention Lifeline right away: 1-800-273-8255. Anxious about Covid-19? Text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

Project UROK

"How to Support a Friend with Mental Health Challenges"  from Project UROK
Find out what you need to do—and what you don't.

Disclaimer: This guide provides information for the Nobles community about where to go and who to talk to for support, and our counselors are always happy to help. That said, as with anything health-related, we urge you to seek professional advice. Some of the resources (books, multimedia, facts) may be triggering for individuals in the community. For assistance and advice, please reach out to a mental health professional.