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How To Help a Friend Through 12 Tough Situations

You’re an awesome friend; I just know it. But sometimes being an awesome friend can be really hard, especially when you don’t know how to go about offering help to a friend in need.

You don’t want to do or say the wrong thing. You fear being misunderstood, or worse yet, giving bad advice. So what do you do? Where do you go? How do you help?

I know this may come as a shock to you (yeah, right), but I’m not a psychologist…or even mildly skilled at problem solving. When faced with tough situational dilemmas, you can find me turning to Google for help because she (yes, she) has never let me down. 

Take it from me; Google’s got some damn good advice on how to help a friend through 12 tough situations:


  • Help a friend with a chronic illness 1 of 12
    Help a friend with a chronic illness
    It's hard to know how to express your love and support when a friend is in pain.
    eHow Family suggests these tips for How to Support a Friend With a Chronic Illness.
    Photo credit: Shutterstock
  • Help a friend battling depression 2 of 12
    Help a friend battling depression
    Depression is an illness that can often be difficult to understand.
    The Mayo Clinic offers helpful tips on Depression: Supporting a family member or friend.
    Photo credit: Shutterstock
  • Help a friend who has lost a baby 3 of 12
    Help a friend who has lost a baby
    There is no greater loss than the loss of a child. What should you say or not say? What should you do or not do? How can you support your friend during this difficult time?
    Baby Center has some great ideas to lend your support here. In addition, consider offering support when the time is right through Unspoken Grief.
    Photo credit: Shutterstock
  • Help a friend who is grieving 4 of 12
    Help a friend who is grieving
    Flowers; check. Sympathy card; check. Now what?
    Psychology Today offers suggestions on How to Help a Grieving Friend.
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  • Help a friend with money struggles 5 of 12
    Help a friend with money struggles
    Tough one. To loan or not loan?
    Suze Orman has some ideas on the matter as presented by O Magazine; check 'em out here.
    For even more suggestions by O Magazine on helping a friend in a financial mess, click here.
    Photo credit: Shutterstock
  • Help a friend in an abusive relationship 6 of 12
    Help a friend in an abusive relationship
    You're scared. Your friend is scared. What can you do?
    The National Domestic Violence Hotline offers tips on How can I help a friend or family member who is being abused?
    Photo credit: Shutterstock
  • Help a friend on bed rest 7 of 12
    Help a friend on bed rest
    Your friend is 24 weeks pregnant and confined to her bed. Yeah, she's gettin' a lil bit nutty. What can you do to make the confines of her bed a little more bearable?
    Lil Sugar has suggestions on Things To Do For a Friend on Bed Rest
    Photo credit: Shutterstock
  • Help a new mother 8 of 12
    Help a new mother
    Oh, joy! Oh, exhaustion! Oh, baby!
    Canadian Living suggests 20 Ways to Help a New Mom.
    Photo credit: Shutterstock
  • Help a friend quit smoking 9 of 12
    Help a friend quit smoking
    Yep, this one's a toughy.
    The American Cancer Society offers these Do's and Don'ts for Helping a Smoker Quit.
    Photo credit: Shutterstock
  • Help a friend with an ill child 10 of 12
    Help a friend with an ill child
    Utterly heartbreaking.
    My friends at Band Back Together offer these tips on How to Help a Friend Whose Child is Seriously Ill.
    Photo credit: Shutterstock
  • Help a friend through a breakup 11 of 12
    Help a friend through a breakup
    Should you call him a jerk? Make a dart board out of his face? Maybe not...
    The Breakup Coach has DO's and DONT's for Helping a Friend Through a Breakup.
    Photo credit: Shutterstock
  • Help a friend facing infertility 12 of 12
    Help a friend facing infertility
    You're afraid to say or do the wrong thing but you want your friend to know you're there.
    Resolve, the National Infertility Association offers advice on Infertility Etiquette.
    Photo credit: Shutterstock

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