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When Concerned → Make the First Move

Make The First Move"It’s very common to be concerned about a situation but not do anything about it. When we are around other people, we sometimes tell ourselves things like, 'if no one else is concerned, why should I be?' Or maybe you just don’t know what to do.

You can and should make the first move. Even if you don’t know exactly what to do, doing something is almost always better than doing nothing. 

Remember, everyone can make the first move. We all have people we care about, and we all care about this community, so it is up to all of us to keep it safe.

Bad outcomes can be avoided if you do make the first move. You might be able to prevent someone from driving home after drinking, stop a sexual assault before it happens, or help a friend get help before he fails a class.

90% of students believe that a problem could have been avoided with intervention!"

Dare to be the red sheep! Check out Make the First Move webpage and contact in the Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center to set up a program.

Also, check out the Counseling Center's Helping a Friend in Distress webpage.


The Counseling Center is a SAFE ZONE for individuals of all ethnicities, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, physical appearances/sizes, and gender identities.

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