How to Help Others
Watch out for your friends and the community by becoming familiar with the signs for a person in trouble or need.
Guidelines for immediate care of a person under the influence
- Never leave a person alone to sleep it off.
- Blood Alcohol Concentration levels (BAC) can continue to rise while sleeping.
- If under the influence of drugs, a person may have unforeseen reactions later and should not be left alone for a long period of time.
- Put them on their side and keep airways open if they pass out.
- Stay with the person, assess responsiveness continuously.
- If unresponsive AT ANY POINT, call 911.
- Do not administer anything orally.
- Do not put in cold shower, they could potentially pass out or go into shock.
- Do not try to restrain the person. If you feel that restraint is required, call 911 immediately, as without training your restraint can do more harm than good.
- Look for changes in friends' and peers' behavior.
- Becoming oddly happy, sad, angry or any emotion quickly or out of the blue can be a problem.
- Don’t be afraid to talk to them and ask what’s wrong.
- If you suspect something or feel out of your depth, don’t be afraid to call for help – CAPS is always available.
- Do not forget you have the ability to medically refer someone through Redfern or write a CARE report.
- To make a medical referral, call 864-656-0447 or go to Clemson.edu/redfern.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
For more information about mental health and suicide prevention, visit: www.Ulifeline.org