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Looking to help someone you care about?

If you are concerned that a friend or someone you care about is having a hard time and is using drugs or alcohol to cope with changes related to COVID-19, there are ways you can help. Letting them know you care can be a meaningful place to start, if it feels safe. Here are some tips to consider.

  • If possible, have the conversation as close to “face to face” as possible; FaceTime, What’s App are great options
  • Try talking with them when they might be most receptive. Preferable not when they are drunk/ high
  • Be kind and offer love and support
  • Express your concern for them using objective observations
  • Ask how you can help
  • Try to not take negative responses personally

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Wondering how you might connect with SHIFT?
Well, howdy, partner! Email Kate Lower at shift@austin.utexas.edu,
or call (512)475-8437 to talk more about how you and your business might get involved.

Are you a student who is interested in joining the SHIFT Student Advisory Board? Email shift@austin.utexas.edu to learn more.