I tried to take my life but my friends didn't show up for me like I expected | The SunJuly 7, 2023
DEAR DEIDRE: AFTER I tried to take my own life, I wanted support from my friends but they let me down.
I’m an 18-year-old girl and I have been depressed for a few years.
It all got too much for me with the start of A-levels, as I knew I was going to fail, and I tried to take my own life.
My parents worry about me but I can’t talk to them.
I thought my friends would be there for me but I was wrong.
Now I’ve switched off my phone and don’t want to talk to anyone.
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DEIDRE SAYS: People often don’t know what to say when a friend has depression. It doesn’t mean that they don’t care.
I hope you’re getting treatment. Read my support pack on Depression for more information.
Get in touch with charity, Papyrus (papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 4141) which helps young people thinking of suicide. They have forums where you can talk to people who will understand.
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