|Student Run Self Help||
I spent a long time away from my existing groups of friends when I was ill – in appointments, stressing or just feeling down, sometimes in longer term treatment programmes. This made it really hard to keep existing friendships going, and I certainly struggled. I got into a vicious cycle – I stopped talking to them as much because it was difficult, and so they in turn stopped trying, which made me less likely to make the effort and so on. But I really wish I’d made more effort. My friends were the ones who had worried all whilst they saw I was getting ill, and had tried to get me help, and more than anything they were the ones who cared about me and I cared about them. It wasn’t really fair to ignore them.