Recognizing when a friend is not doing well or in emotional distress can be difficult. Knowing the warning
signs and the steps you can take to help support and assist a friend in need may make a huge difference for
your friend. It is very important that you pay attention to any dramatic shifts in how a friend is behaving
whether in-person or through social networks (posts, tweets, messages, photos, links, etc.). What your
friend says and doesn’t say, how emotional they are in their communication, along with message frequency
can also be important in determining if you have a friend in need of help and whether you should be concerned
about the risk of self-harm or suicide.