I want our old friendship back.

Dear AL:
I have a really close (or used to be) friend named jenn. She was one of my closest friends but slowly she started changing. She's always depressed, ignoring people who care, acting like the world is out to get her, lying, just being a bitch, cutting herself. Well first she put on fake scars to make all of her friends think shes cutting herself. Then when we found out it was fake she actually starts to. Not to mention she's EXTREMELY bipolar and I'm not the only one who notices this. All of her friends are slipping away. Every time I get mad at her or don’t talk to her I end up caving and apologize. I hate it but I just want our old friendship back. What should I do?
--Frances, UK

Dear Frances:
You need to call Samaritans in the UK at 08457 90 90 90 like today. They're an organization with branches all over that can help you and your friend confidentially. I can't promise you that they'll salvage your friendship, but it's a step in the right direction for your friends sake. Don't put this off if she's suicidal!

Visit their support page for more information:

I hope this helped.


Anonymous said...

have a close friend who is bipolar as well, and it can be a difficult friendship to hang on to. but the blessings far outweigh the bad days.. so it is worth the work you put into it. great advice to get her help! if she's not on meds.. it is CRUCIAL that she does so.. before it's too late. best of luck to you Frances!

Place4Teens said...

i'm guessing that your friend just needs attention. my opinion is try confronting her yourself, it may help. after all, she's your best friend and you know what's best for her, don't you? :)