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What Role Can Youth and Teens Play?

In times of need, we turn to our friends and peers first. As a young person, you are in a position to truly know what is going on with your friends, siblings and fellow students in a way that adults cannot. That also puts you in a position to help in ways that adults cannot.

What Can You Do?

Reach out when you feel isolated

Be a resource to your peers

Know what's available at your school or in your community so that you can offer suggestions to someone who needs support. Offer to go with a friend to talk to a trusted adult about problems, or recommend specific resources, like 

Break isolation

Take advantage of any opportunity to break the isolation of other youth who you think may be lonely. This can be as simple as saying hi, talking on the bus or asking about someone's weekend. 

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