Keep confidential what your friend shares about his/her concerns or fears
If your friend becomes ill, ask how "may I help"
If your friend has suffered a loss, listen to his/her description and acknowledge the pain of that loss.
If your friend has been traumatized in ways beyond your skill level to be helpful, help research appropriate professionals for your friend to see.
If your friend becomes depressed and suicidal, immediately contact a professional trained to deal with such.
Is a gift you give yourself
Is like warm air on a cold day
Is a chance to be yourself
Is the freedom to share your innermost thoughts without fear of rejection
Is like Aloe Vera on an open wound
Is a mirror into your soul
Is a sounding board for ideas and ambitions
Is a book you love to re-read
Is an umbrella in the storms of life
Is shared ecstasy
Is the foundation of your well being
Finding a Friend
Participate in activities that interest you
Listen to the views others express about themselves during the activity
Ask questions to broaden your understanding of those views
If you like what you hear, invite that individual to join you after the activity for refreshments or a future meal
Explore interests beyond the activity where you met. If you like what you hear, suggest getting together again.
Test the potential for a friendship in terms of openness, trust, honesty, integrity, and confidentiality.
Recognize that friendships take time to develop.
Recognize that you cannot meet every need that your friend may have.
Recognize that friendship which makes the other dependent will not last.
Know your own limits for sharing an activity.
When confronted with a request that you do not feel comfortable filling, be open and honest about your feelings and your need to set limits in this area. Also, suggest other ways the friend might get that request filled.