How do you know when a friend needs help?

The following links are to various pages and programs designed to help you when dealing with a friend who may be going through a difficult time.

How Do I Help a Friend Who's Struggling With...
  • Coming Out
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders and Suicidal Thoughts
  • Eating Disorders
  • General Need for Support
  • Grief or Loss of a Loved One
  • Sexual Assault
  • Substance Use and Abuse 

Coming Out

PFLAG: Coming Out Help for Families, Friends and Allies 

Depression/Mood Disorders/Suicidal Thoughts

DBSA: Helping a Friend or Family Member with Depression or Bipolar Disorder

Mayo Clinic: Depression - Supporting a Family Member or Friend

The Columbia Lighthouse Project

Eating Disorders

Binghamton University: How to Help a Friend with an Eating Disorder

Eating Disorder Hope: Weight & Body Image Disorders - Causes, Symptoms & Signs 

General Need for Support

Indiana University Bloomington: Self-Help - How to Help a Friend 

Grief/Loss of a Loved One Supporting a Grieving Person - Helping Others Through Grief, Loss, and Bereavement 

Sexual Assault

UCI Care: How to Support a Survivor

1 in 6: Support for men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences 

Substance Use/Abuse

B Well: How to Talk to a Friend About Drinking or Drug Use 


The University Wellness Center is not affiliated with any of the products or companies listed on this page.  Links are meant to be supplemental and should not be considered a substitute for seeing a medical or mental health professional.  To make an appointment with the Wellness Center to see a health professional, please refer to our Appointment FAQ.  Please be aware that friends are not able to set up appointments on behalf of others.  The individual in question must contact the Wellness Center to set up their own appointments.