Helping a friend in trouble
We provide services to students concerned about someone else: a friend, a team member, a sorority sister, or fraternity brother. The friend or acquaintance may be in crisis or struggling with an ongoing issue like a drinking problem or eating disorder. In these cases, we would work with you to be helpful to your friend while taking care of yourself. Often this involves figuring out how to stay in your role (as friend, team member, etc.) and not take on some other role like "parent" or "therapist." We would also discuss strategies for helping your friend seek professional help if the problem warranted it. Often a friend's feedback and concern is the critical factor in helping a student seek services. We will meet jointly with you and your friend if that would be helpful.
To learn practical ways of helping and supporting friends, use the Kognito At-Risk Friends in College module.