If you’re reading this, think about your friends. Because you have friends. I promise that whatever you may think, you have friends who are willing to help you, if you let them.
My best friend from high school is currently going through a very tough time. He is struggling to adjust to his new school, find new friends, and discover new outlets. However, I did not realize the severity of his problems or of his oncoming depression until he came to visit me. I had heard that he hadn’t made a lot of friends yet, but he hadn’t said anything so I assumed he was still doing okay. It wasn’t until he came to visit that I realized that he needed my help. It wasn’t until I sat in the hospital at 5:30 in the morning after he had drunk himself to the point of alcohol poisoning and had to be placed on oxygen that I saw that he was struggling. That night as he started to drink more and more he began to finally tell me about his struggles and depression resulting from his inability to find his crowd. My best friend for years had been too uncomfortable about his problems to tell me.
Now that I know, I have worked harder on maintaining our relationship and have encouraged him to meet other friends that I have at the university.
He is still struggling, but now he is no longer alone. Now he has me and I will not abandon him. So, I ask of you. Please reach out to your friends and your people. They want to help and will be there for you, if you just reach out to them. They want to help you and be there for you, so if you’re reading this: think about your friends.
John N., University of Virginia '21