I Am Really Worried About One of My Friends. What Can I Do to Help?
TeenHealthFX is sorry to hear about what your friend is going through. It sounds like he has a lot going on and unfortunately, we cannot diagnose over the internet. Although you and your friends are good intentioned with trying to give him “therapy” it is extremely important he reach out to a trusted adult, teacher, school counselor or school nurse and tell them what is going on. They will be able to provide the support that your friend needs.
In the meantime, we suggest that you and your friends try to be mindful of things you say to him. For example, even though you say jokingly “omg, I hate you” he probably thinks there is some truth to it. At times it can be hard for people to tell the difference between what is real and what is sarcastic. Also, if you say it a lot, he may believe there is truth to it.
If you feel your friend needs immediate assistance, call 911 or lives e in Northern New Jersey you can call the Atlantic Behavioral Health ACCESS Center at 1-888-247-1400. Nationally, you can text the Crisis Text Line by Texting HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor. We also have a Mental Health resource page with additional hotlines and websites that may be helpful.