Just noticing that someone is struggling is the first step to being a good friend. You don’t have to have all the answers, but reaching out to someone to let them know you’re concerned can be a huge relief. Going through tough times alone is often the hardest part.

My friend is thinking of suicide or hurting themself... What do I do?

If your friend is talking about hurting themself or they are talking about suicide, you should:

  • Ask them if they have thoughts about wanting to hurt themselves or ask if they are thinking of killing themself
  • Ask them if they have any plans to hurt or kill themself
  • Talk to an adult you or your friend trusts about this – it’s important to have resources for your friend and yourself

Asking someone if they are thinking of suicide will not put the idea in someone’s head. Research actually shows the opposite. People are often relieved to have someone willing to talk about what they’re going through. While you want to help with their problem, sometimes the best thing is just to do your regular thing. When you’re going through hard times, having a friend invite you to go to the gym, see a movie, or go get dinner can be calming and comforting while the storm blows over.

Looking for more info or resources?

Find the most typically requested services and resources. For more information or for further help, please contact us.

Find Resources

Need additional resources on substance use?

Check out these resources for youth!

Youth Now

Youth Now offers resources, campaigns, research and other supports for youth, parents, educators and providers.

You Can WA

A prevention campaign by the WA State Department of Health to educate 12-17-year-olds about risks and consequences of marijuana use.

Not a Moment Wasted

Resources for young adults in WA State, covering health risks and other consequences related to underage recreational marijuana and alcohol use.

Contact Us

Our youth crisis specialists are available to talk by phone from 6-10 pm and chat or text from 6-9:30 pm every night.  You can also call, chat, or text in to connect with an adult substance use specialist from 1-6 pm Tues-Sat.