Talking Kits: Peer to Peer

Talking to Your Peers

When you’re concerned about a friend, knowing what to say and how to say it can be overwhelming. These conversations can be difficult, but its important to get someone help early instead of waiting for the problem to go away on its own.

Conversation Goals

  1. Ensure the person is physically and mentally safe.
  2. Show the person you care about them.
  3. Strengthen the relationship you have with them.

Roadblocks

  1. Fear of losing them as a friend
  2. Not knowing how to have tough conversations
  3. Questioning whether you should get involved
  4. Being concerned that you’ll say the wrong thing

What are Tough Topics?

 

Substance use, destructive relationships, self-harm, skipping school, eating disorders, and anything that could harm their or someone else’s health and safety.

Ask for help 

Trusted adults like counselors, parents or caregivers, coaches, neighbors and mentors are great resources for everyone involved.

 

Remember

Someone may not be ready to talk, and that’s ok. Continue to offer support, and remind them that you’re there for them if and when they do want to talk.