Dear Straight Talk: My friend has huge family problems and is cutting his wrists. The cuts aren't deep, but his arm is infected because his parents lock the medicine cabinet and he isn't cleaning it properly. He showed me and some other girls the infection and told us not to tell our parents. But some girls did tell and now, behind his back, their parents are planning a first-aid package and intervention in his family problems. One parent said he might be suicidal. I'm worried he will be furious that we told and will more likely commit suicide when he realizes he can't trust anyone. Am I way off about this? - Please help, I'm so scared
Farren, 21, Redding: Showing his arms was a huge cry for help. Please tell your parents, please send him first-aid supplies, please inform his school counselor. Maybe he will be mad, but isn't that better than losing him to suicide and always wishing you had told someone? It's hard being responsible for such large issues at a young age, but when it comes to my friends, call me a whistle-blower, I don't care. I sleep at night.
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