Friendships are often a big part of our daily lives and can have a great impact on our mental health and wellbeing.
It is often the case that you will have a number of different friends, who all play a different role in your life. Some friendships are supportive and others are about hanging out, banter and not about sharing how you’re feeling. That’s OK.
Some friends you may be in touch with every day, online or in real life and other friends you may speak to less regularly. This is OK. Friendship is about communicating and connecting with each other when it works well for you both.
Similarly friends may offer you advice, share your interests, make you laugh or even sometimes make you cry. The important thing is that your friends don’t judge you or make you feel bad about who you are. Friends accept you for who you are as well as challenging you in ways which help you grow.
Friendship is a two-way street and you need to make sure that you support, challenge, help and enjoy spending time with your friends as much as they do for you too.
If you find that you always feel drained, upset or bad about yourself after you have spent time with particular friends then it may be time to reconsider that friendship.
You can find more information about friendship and what to do if you think a friend may no longer be someone you want to be friends with by following the links below.
Knowing where to start with making friends can be really hard and it takes a lot of courage to start conversations which could lead to new friendships. Check out the links below for more advice on making friends.