If you or someone you know is struggling, you’re not alone. There are steps you can take to give or receive help, without needing to be an expert. It’s up to all of us to take care of each other, and Be Strong is here to help.
Two thirds of students will not tell an adult about the challenges they face, but they will tell a peer. That’s why Be Strong works to empower students to take care of each other and intervene when it matters most.
You can make a difference in the life of a peer. Use these resources as a first step in combating a mental health crisis, and be sure to download the free, anonymous Be Strong App for more resources.
Wellness is all-encompassing, and checking in with yourself can feel intimidating. With this 6-step checklist, you can work through your feelings, environment, and mindset, then set a course of action to improve your wellness.
This resource is meant to provide a snapshot of your mental health to help you think through your concerns and seek appropriate support. Remember, it’s a journey.
Someone I Know is Struggling with Anxiety or Depression
It’s hard to see a friend or peer struggle with mental health. You may feel helpless or overwhelmed, but there are steps you can take to help your friend cope with their struggles. You may not know what to say — that’s why we’ve outlined some simple, approachable ways to start a conversation.
This checklist also lays out different scenarios and how to approach them. What if they deny there’s a problem? What if they don’t want to seek help? We’ve got answers and solutions to help you help others.
Someone I Know May Be at Risk of Suicide
Even the word “suicide” can be triggering and uncomfortable, and it can be even harder to start a conversation about suicide with someone who think may be at risk. Even if you don’t feel prepared or equipped to help, it’s absolutely vital that you take action however you can. It may be a matter of life or death.
It’s important to know that help and treatment for people at risk of suicide are widely available. Use this checklist to learn common signs and how you can help.
With these mental health resources, you don’t need to be an expert to make a difference in the life of a loved one, friend, classmate, or peer. You never know when challenges will present themselves, so keep these resources handy so you’re prepared when the moment comes.