The prosocial Project
Be a pro
A pro is…
Helps their friends
Steps up to help and knows where and when to seek help
Takes steps to promote physical and mental wellbeing
Provides support to their friends and community
Being a pro is about protecting yourself and your friends when you’re partying. It’s about being proactive when you see a friend who appears to be in trouble and providing support for them. It’s also about helping them find professional help if they need it. Being prosocial is about being there for one another and promoting a healthy, compassionate campus culture.
Are you a pro? This website has all kinds of information about how to be a pro; how to party safer, tips for good mental health, how to watch out for your friends, how to start those hard conversations, and where you can go for help when you need it.
Fact Or Fiction?
Does My Friend Have a problem?
Sometimes it's hard to tell. Most people won't walk up to someone they're close to and ask for help. But, there are certain warning signs that may indicate that you, or your friends, are having troubles with mental health and/or substance use. Learning these signs will help you be there to support your friends when they need you and help you take care of yourself!
Have you noticed your friend is...
having relationship problems?
Maybe they get aggressive when they drink or cause fights?
doing dangerous things?
Do they drive under the influence, or injure themselves?
using when they shouldn't?
Such as before class or work or alone?
using way too much?
Does it seem like they can’t stop drinking once they've started?
using substances to cope with problems?
Do they get high to forget about their problems? Do they talk about suicide?
Have you noticed...
Do they never want to hang out anymore?
Sleeping too much or too little? Gaining or losing weight?
Are they sad or worried all the time?
Are they skipping class or work?
Are they behaving more recklessly than usual?