Supporting others who are having a difficult time
Supporting a friend who is going through a tough time at school isn’t easy.
You might find it hard to know what the best thing to say is, or what you can do to help them.
Here are some things you could try when supporting others who are having a hard time:
➜ Try to give them support that works for them. They may not be ready to talk but let them know you’re there if they want to open up.
➜ If they are ready to talk – listen to them. This will help support them to explain how they’re feeling.
➜ Suggest that it might help for them to talk to a teacher or another adult they trust in private about their worries.
➜ Talk to an adult you trust if you’re worried about your friend’s safety or if you’re finding it hard supporting them.
➜ Call Childline on 0800 1111 for more advice about supporting others. They also have lots more really great advice on their website.
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