Sometimes it’s hard to know how to respond when someone tells us that they are struggling or that something bad happened. It can also be hard to know when to reach out to someone we're worried about. Sometimes we don’t know what to say, how their response will make us feel or how we’ll come across. It’s important to not ignore our own distress, and it’s important to not ignore someone else’s struggle.
Here are some important things that we can do to support a friend, colleague or loved one who discloses a traumatic or disruptive life event: