As a friend or classmate, what can you do?
Friends can often make the biggest difference in each other’s lives and are likely to notice changes in each other’s behaviour.
If you’re worried about someone you know who may be vulnerable to violent extremism, the best thing you can do is support them.
Sometimes, you know you should probably ask for help, but you may worry about what that means for you and your friend. That’s why we created this service. Step Together is a free, professional service where you can find information and support options.
Little things that can make a difference
- Notice early signs of worrying changes in behaviour.
- Keep talking – engage in open communication so the person 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.
What can you do to help?
If you notice that something is bothering a friend, classmate or someone you know, there is a change in the way they act or they are sad, angry or unhappy, ask if they are okay and really listen to what they have to say. Sometimes, having a good friend or someone to talk to helps, and we feel better. If the problem is too big it might need help from a professional or community leader. It is never wrong to ask for help if you’re worried about a friend, classmate or someone you know.
What do I do next?
If you are concerned or confused about something, ask for help from someone you respect. This could be your parents or carers, Year Advisor, the School Counsellor, or a teacher you trust.
You can also call our helpline, by yourself or with a support person if you’d like a little extra help. Our helpline is available 7am to 9pm every day.