How can I make friends
I have no friends.
Thank you for reaching out to us.
We know it is not always easy, but we think you are brave for seeking support. We are sorry to hear you have no friends; that must feel very lonely sometimes. Making friends can be hard, and it is something many young people and adults can find difficult sometimes.
Have you talked about not having friends with a trusted adult in your life? Perhaps a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or an adult you feel comfortable talking to. Talking about things always helps, and they might be able to suggest some ways that could help you. Making friends can take time, and sometimes we must put ourselves in new surroundings to meet new people.
Friendships can be hugely important in people’s lives and can often be made by having things in common, such as where you live, go to school, or shared hobbies and interests. Perhaps you could try starting conversations with others by asking them what they enjoy doing in their spare time or about their favorite class. Would you consider joining clubs or sports teams? That may be a good first step towards forming new friendships at your school.
There are some articles on the Childline website that you might like to read about making friends: www.childline.ie/
making-friends: https://www.childline.ie/what-to-do-if-you-are-lonely-or-feel-like-you-have-no-friends/; www.childline.ie/do-you-struggle-to-make-friends-here-are-a-few-things-that-might-help/
Childline is available if you would like to talk about what “sad” means to you. How would you feel about giving us a call on 1800 66 66 66, or even having a web chat with us through www.
childline.ie (just click on the orange Live Chat tab) so that we could explore options available to you if you need more help? The services are free and confidential and are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Again, well done for reaching out, and we hope to hear from you soon. Have a lovely day.
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