Helping friends out can be both rewarding and challenging. When friends are struggling with mental fitness, it is important for us to take a ‘first aid’ approach and remember that we do not have to take on the responsibility to fix problems. Good friends understand that they can listen and then should let a trusted adult know what is happening.
We can recommend places to go for support (see below), but should not set ourselves up as experts – This can cause stress for us and prevents our friends from getting the appropriate support that they need.
Where to send our friends for support
In the community:
Clicking on the logo below, you can access support and information from organisations devoted to helping young people through difficult times. You can also talk to a trusted adult or teacher.