Staying safe might look like avoiding something that appears to be completely harmless, like a beach at low tide, or a good friend that appears to be completely healthy.
The way we get someone's attention is every bit as important as the thing we have to say. Believe that the other person wants to help you. Help them help you.
I kept practicing overriding that thought; it was strangely empowering!
Thinking about a problem is the first step to solving it