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How to support BFF

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    Hi all, I need a place to air some thoughts. Advice welcome.

    I’m struggling a bit with how to help my friend through a really rough patch. We’ve been friends for about 15 years. We have been there for each other through many highs and lows. We live on opposite sides of the US. She’s been in her city for about six years, working in a very competitive field, and all six years have been a struggle: work, finding lasting friendships, romantic relationships, health, money, just everything.

    She’s at a really low point right now, (a culmination of work projects falling through, a breakup, and the few friends she had moving away), and I feel like I don’t know how to help. We talk often, and text, and I try to be as supportive as I can, but I just feel at a loss as to how to help her get through this. She is someone who admittedly needs a strong support system, and other than me and her dad (who also lives across the country from her), there’s no one else. She’s had a string of bad luck, and a few bad choices, but she is such a giving, loving person. I’m a problem-solver, so I’ve offered up solutions that I can think of, but I also know when to back off and just listen.

    Sigh. It’s just hard to hear someone you love going through such a hard time and not having any concrete ways to help.

    #699414 Reply

    It sounds like you’re supporting her how you can. Can you encourage her to go to therapy too?

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