If you have the ability, you can provide ongoing support. When in doubt, feel free to communicate this and help research other options. “When I have concerns that I know are beyond my skill set, I report them and refer them to other support systems,” Vandenbroeck shares. “I ensure they are aware of other alternative channels of support so they are comfortable with the idea that they are not alone.”
For us regular people, this may seem like simply encouraging your friend to see a therapist if it makes sense for them, providing phone numbers for local mental health hotlines, or offering your continued support in the coming days and weeks.
If you’re not sure what to say either, maybe this collection of quotes for different life situations will inspire you.