How to Help Others

When to Help Others

Whenever someone needs help. Here are some examples of situations to be on the lookout for:

  • Academic Dishonesty
  • Alcohol and substance use, misuse, and abuse
  • Bullying and other hateful speech
  • Depression or suicidal thoughts
  • Mental health issues
  • Sexual harrassment, abuse, violence, and stalking
  • Violence including relationship violence 

How to Help in Tricky Situations

Remember the 4 D's!

  • Distract: Interrupt the harmful behavior, not necessarily confront it.
    • Ask for the time, spill your drink, or start a dance party.
  • Delegate: Ask for help to intervene.
    • Find friends, supervisors, or anyone you think can help.
  • Direct: Making sure you are safe first, you can respond directly to a confrontation.
    • Call out the behavior you are concerned about.
  • Delayed Response: Follow up and ask if everything is ok after the fact.

You don't have to go it alone, we're here to help!

Here are some campus resources that can help:

Page last updated 6:47 AM, April 2, 2020