How to Help2018-09-02T19:56:41+00:00


How to Help

Are you worried that a friend is self-harming? It’s a good idea to talk to someone you trust, like a parent, a teacher or school counsellor. There are also help lines you can call if you are not sure what to do.

Here are a few other steps that you can take to help your friend:
  • Educate yourself about self-injury (you’re already off to a great start)
  • Here is a great list of resources!
  • Lead with compassion, and avoid anger and judgment. Your friend isn’t trying to hurt you, make you feel guilty or get attention
  • Focus on your friend’s concerns or issues, not the act of self-injury
  • Let your friend know that you’re there to listen, you care about them, and you want to help
  • Encourage your friend to get a trusted adult involved in order to seek further help
If you are self-injuring, there is support. You are not alone.

CMHA Main Office
#105, 1040 – 7 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3G9

Tel: 403-297-1700
Fax: 403-270-3066

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NOTE: The Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region does not provide crisis services. If you are in immediate need of assistance contact the Distress Centre’s 24-hour Crisis Line at 403 266 HELP (4357).

CMHA Calgary and Recovery College