The best way to help a friend is to A.S.K. Acknowledge, Support, and Keep-in-touch

acknowledge

Let them know their feelings and experiences are valid, that you believe them and recognize the courage it took to come to you.

support

Show up and ask how you can help. Offer options and resources for coping methods and/or professional help if needed.

keep-in-touch

Actions speak louder - checking back in regularly shows you really care about and hear them.