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Redfern Health Center

How to Help Others

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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.

Mental Changes

  • 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

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