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 headed home with someone you don't know, or that one of your friends is posting some things on social media that would indicate they are depressed.

Red Flags?

Now that you've seen some signs, you need to determine if they indicate a problem. It's possible that a scream means many different things-- is someone being threatened, or have they seen a spider or run into their best friend? Check out the situation a little further to see if it's something concerning. 

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.

These three D's will help you determine the best way to intervene in a situation. 

Ensure 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.