There are as many ways to intervene as there are people in our community. How you choose to intervene is up to you. Do what feels right, and remember to keep yourself safe.

The Steps to Intervention

In general, people go through the same steps before they intervene in any situation. You can remember these steps through the acronym "P.R.I.D.E."

Pick Up the Signs

You need to notice that something is wrong. You have to be aware of what's going on around you, which is sometimes harder than it seems. You might notice that one of your friends has had too much to drink, is wandering off with someone you don't know, or that one of your friends is posting some things on social media that would indicate he is depressed.

Red Flags?

Many events are ambiguous. If you've ever been to a party and heard a girl scream, you may find yourself wondering what just happened. Is she being threatened, or has she just seen a spider? Has she run into a good friend, or does she love the song being played? You don't know if there is a problem unless you take a moment to glance over and determine why she screamed. If no one else thinks it's a problem, should you?

I Assume Responsibility

Once you notice an event and interpret it as a problem, you need to make it your problem. This can be challenging. People are much more likely to help when they are alone than when others are present. That may mean it’s up to you to intervene, even if no one else does. Each one of us has the responsibility to protect our pride.

Determine How to Help

You can't help if you don't know what to do, but you probably know more than you think. Our situations page can provide suggestions for handling different scenarios. You can always ask for help from a friend, professor, coach, public safety officer, or residence life staff member.

Evaluate for Safety and Step Up

This is where it all comes together and you act. Whatever you choose to do, be sure it is safe for you.