Strategies to Support Peer, Friend, or Family

Student Take-Home Resources

Strategies to Support a Peer, Friend, or Family Member

with a Mental Health Disorder

Grade 9

Key Takeaways:

  1. Many people struggle with mental health disorders
  2. There are many different types of mental health disorders
  3. You can make a difference to someone who has a mental health disorder 


  1. Depression- a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable.
  2. Anxiety- a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an event or something with an uncertain outcome.
  3. Mental health disorders are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these).

If you have a FRIEND who you think is showing symptoms of mental illness, it’s time to HELP.

Help as soon as you can.

Empathize with others.

Listen without trying to fix it.

Plan your next steps.

If YOU are experiencing symptoms of mental illness for a long time and they’re keeping you from being able to do what you need or want to do, it’s time for you to ACT.

Apply coping strategies.

Consider your options for help.

Talk to a person you trust.