— MSD Govt NZ (@msdgovtnz) December 10, 2015
Everyone needs someone to talk to sometimes. We all want to feel heard and understood. If you’re worried about someone, having a conversation and talking through what’s happening for them is a great way to connect and share the load. Even if you’re not sure what to say, or how to help, one of the best ways to offer support is to just be there to listen.
If young people know they have someone they can turn to, who will listen to them patiently and without criticising them, it’ll be a lot easier to ask for help if they need it.
If someone’s safety is at risk or they have come to you about a dangerous situation, you will need to step in and help.