If you’re worried about someone in your community what can you do?
Sometimes you know something is wrong but you’re not sure what it is. Getting information is the first step to getting the advice you need.
People challenging ideas and values is normal. It’s how we learn and grow. But when someone is thinking about changing society through violence, it can be hard to know what’s normal and what’s not.
Sometimes, you know you should probably ask for help, but you worry that you’re overreacting.
If you’re worried that someone you know is at risk, you’ve come to the right place. Call the Step Together helpline any day between 7am and 9pm. It’s great that you’ve taken this step to getting the right kind of support for both you and the person you’re concerned about.
Little things that can make a difference
- Notice early signs of worrying changes in behaviour.
- Keep talking – engage in open communication so that the person you’re concerned about feels supported, and that they can come to you for anything.
- Take an interest in their online habits – being secretive doesn’t necessarily mean they are accessing violent extremist material, but downloading and sharing content that is, may be concerning.
Should I do something? What can I do?
The Step Together helpline and online service is specially designed to allow you to ask questions and find information. You can also request to remain anonymous, although this may not always be possible.
For additional information, call the Step Together helpline 7am to 9pm any day of the week.