“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

Overview

When a person is concerned about their mental health, they often feel most comfortable talking about it with their friends. Sometimes it can be difficult to discuss these things with our family or partners, so we confide in friends.

When someone is living with a mental illness, friends often provide support and comfort. Having someone around who is ready to listen in an open, 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 also play a key role in helping us cope with life’s challenges. In fact, 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, and a few resources below to help you get started.

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Page last updated 12th December 2017