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5 Ways to Help a Friend You’re Worried About

If you think someone you know needs help, or isn’t safe at home, do you know what to do? Sometimes the mighty thing to do if you think someone needs help is to tell an adult. This video shows you five ways to help a friend you’re worried about. If a friend tells you something that indicates they are not safe at home, learn what to do.

What Can You Do?

Tell a trusted adult what you know about your friend feeling unsafe at home, even if you’re not 100 percent sure of the situation. They can assist you in getting the right kind of help. Learn more tips for being an all-in friend.

Bullying Ins and Outs

"Hassled in the Hall" shows how a bully makes Emma feel. She feels even more alone because her mom is away on a deployment. Bullying affects everyone -- those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. You have the power to stop bullying – just by using your voice! One of the best ways to prevent bullying is to report it to a trusted adult like your parent, teacher or coach.

What Can You Do?

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My Mom Is Drinking, My Dad's Deployed

There is no doubt that Jeremy is in a difficult situation – for at least two reasons. First, his mom is drinking heavily and he’s unsure about what to do. Second, he is keeping a secret from his deployed dad because he doesn’t want to upset him. What can you do? Get help for yourself. You are not betraying your parent by seeking help. Keeping secrets can affect you every day. By acknowledging the problem, you are taking care of yourself. Most military installations offer counseling services to help your parent.

What Can You Do? Get help for yourself. You are not betraying your parent by seeking help.  Keeping the “secret” really affects you every day.  By acknowledging the problem you are taking care of yourself. You need to know that there are free counseling services available through the installation where your parent can get help.  You are not the one responsible for getting them into these programs. 

Helpful Tips & Resources

National Helpline for Alcohol and Drug Information:
1-800-662-HELP (4357)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National HelpLine is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

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