“My best friend still lives in Papua New Guinea, but we are in constant contact thanks to social media. We speak almost every day. He's been really supportive over the years. ” – Nicole
If a person is concerned about their mental health, it is often their friends they will feel most comfortable speaking with. Sometimes it can be difficult to discuss problems with our family or partners about these things, so we confide in friends.
When someone is living with a mental illness, friends often provide support and comfort. Having someone there to listen in an open, available, validating, accepting, and non-judgemental way can make all the difference.
Healthy friendships are extremely important for any person’s mental health. Friends can make us feel that we belong, and can help keep things in perspective. They can also play a key role in helping us cope with life’s challenges. Ultimately, strong, healthy friendships can have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing.
If you want to support a friend, but you're not sure where to start, take a look at our page on how to support someone. We also have information on connecting with friends, as well as tailored resources below to help you get started.
A closer look
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