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Fact Sheets about Positive Coping Strategies

How can I develop coping strategies?

Developing coping strategies or tools to cope, is a powerful way to deal with life's inevitable challenges. Learn some new ways to cope.

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Coping with a stressful event

Any stressful event can affect your emotions. Learn ways to deal with stressful events so that they don't become overwhelming.

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What to do when your friend is distressed

When one of your friends is really upset, it can be a difficult time. Learn about how to help a friend who is distressed.

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What are suicide warning signs?

People who are suicidal can give some sign that they are thinking about suicide. Learn about these signs and how you can help prevent a suicide.

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Is your friend thinking of suicide?

If your friend tells you he or she is feeling suicidal, take it seriously. Learn about the steps you can take to help.

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Express yourself

Everyone needs some time alone to reflect on feelings. Learn how expressing your feelings might help you make better decisions about what is right for you now.

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Real Stories about Positive Coping Strategies

Anxiety comes and goes

This is the story of a young man who found release from his anxiety through faith in God.

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A poem by Shane about first impressions, accepting differences, and recognizing similarities in people.

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Staying positive

Dee's story of learning to cope with her depression and grief after the loss of a good friend.

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Getting through it: from suicide to support

This is Sarah's story of finding the strength and support to cope with suicidal thoughts.

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All I have

A young woman shares the motivation she found to stop self-harming and look toward her future with hope.

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