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My friend has cuts on her body, she drinks and drives recklessly and just doesn’t care for herself. Is she suicidal?

Question : I think my friend is ruining herself with her behavior. I noticed many cuts on her legs and arms, she has started drinking heavily and often drives as recklessly as she can, without caring about herself or those around her. Is it possible that she is suicidal? Teentalker , 18-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

Firstly, let me commend you for being such an observant and caring friend. Your concern about your friend’s behavior is understandable.

Here are some active steps you can take:

  • Talk to your friend in a safe environment and express that you care. Also be prepared, she might not be as responsive as you expect but be there for her anyway.
  • Take her seriously and check on her thought process while she’s talking to you. If it swings more towards the negative, that’s your red flag! E.g., ‘I have nothin.....

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