If you are a good listener and can be trusted, you may be able to help your friends when they have hassles. If your friend has a major problem you need to…
- Recognise when you can help and when you can’t
- Tell your friend you cannot solve this problem for them
- Encourage your friend to develop his or her own network of trusted adults, and to talk to one or more of them about this
- Use your own support network at this time if you feel stressed about their situation or under pressure from them.
Think of five people you know who could form part of your support network, such as a parent, older brother/sister, other relatives, teacher, neighbour, pastor, youth leader, family friend. Write their names in the order of first choice.