Helping Friends in Crisis

Gail Brenner at gailbrenner.com shares 21 ways to respond to friends in crisis.

Here are some great ideas and reminders for you:

#1) Make Contact

#2) Listen to the Story

#3) Be There Emotionally

#4) You Probably Don’t Know How Your Friend Feels

#5) Don’t Push

#6) Help Make Decisions

#7) Offer Practical Help

#8) Bring Food

#9) Know That Emotion Comes in Waves

#10) Let Your Friend Cry

#11) Be a Buddy

#12) Be Aware of Triggers

#13) Get Professional Help on Board

#14) Rally Support

#15) You Will Get Through This

#16) Be Patient

#17) Encourage Basic Functioning

#18) Know That Nighttime is Often the Hardest Time

#19) Don’t Support Drinking Too Much or Other Reckless Behavior

#20) Take Care of Yourself

#21) Check In Over Time

Submitted by Russ/2014

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