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It's important to get on with people, look after yourself and be a good mate when they need it.

Friends are important to us all, and there are times when they need help and support, and look to you for it. It's very difficult to know how to deal with what you are told, especially if you promised your friend not to say anything. But sometimes these promises need breaking, just to help your friend and given them the right support.


Part of being a good friend is helping them out if they need it. Don't think you're up to it? All you need to do is:

  • Ask them what's wrong. Be patient if they don't tell you straight away.
  • Listen when they want to tell you something - don't interrupt.
  • Keep it to yourself if your mate asks you to - unless you think a trusted adult needs to get involved.
  • Don't let them down - don't tell other friends if you said you wouldn't.

If you can't give them the help they need, go to a trusted adult. Don't be ashamed to ask for help.


Peer pressure is feeling like you have to do something just because all your mates are doing it so you won't be left out. Don't change for anyone but yourself - good friends respect you for who you are.

Sometimes you hear about other people drinking or smoking, but they might just be saying it to impress you. Good mates will listen if you have something to say that they need to hear. Good mates let you be yourself and know when something is bothering you.