12/07/12 - Female, 16 :
I spoke to you my friend being suicidal and self harming, i tried to suggest the pages to her that you told me to, i sent her the links, she just says she doesnt need a counsillor and is fine, but shes clearly not and shes still self harming :(
Ali says -
Unfortunately nobody can make your friend get help she has to want it for herself so the best you can do is just be there for her and give her support as she needs it.
If you felt she was in real danger of doing something serious to herself you might decide that things of gone beyond her "wanting help" in which case you might want to tell someone just to prevent her injuring herself or worse. If things do get to this point you could tell your teacher at school/college, or you could contact social care (see our emergency section) or the police.
All of this must also be affecting you as well so don't forget if the stress gets too much you can always talk to your teachers about how it's affecting you and you wouldn't have to give your friends name.