Is it Friday? Well then you know what that means, it's our favorite day of the week here at Friends For Life, it's the day of the week that whether you are a partnered warrior or a solo warrior, it's time to send/post or otherwise communicate your one weekly mental health check-in to either you individual FFL partner, or in the case of this Friends For Life Meet-Up Group Forum Thread (that exists specifically for those who have committed to FFL and are actively seeking their future permanent FFL partner), to someone within this thread (i.e. via our private message feature) or a general message of support and positivity that is directed towards the group as a whole! In return, you will receive your own message(s) of peer support from members of this group.
The truth is that those who show up in an authentic way and show legitimate investment in their peer's wellbeing will be the people who have the most success in making meaningful connections that yield the kind of peer support that can make tangible positive impact on one's mental wellness and reduce risk of self harm. So while all that is required of you as FFL warrior who is part of this group is to put up a short positive/supportive post once per week, the more time/energy/authenticity/thought, and follow-through one puts into providing support by one of the two following methods, will see their efforts returned in kind, and likely returned several times over. Here are the two ways you can provide support: 1. a meaningful group-oriented post ( i.e. one that engages the whole group by providing an uplifting message or perhaps starts a critical & provocative conversation). or conversely 2. one can concentrate their supportive comment on an individual that week by sending someone a support message via private messenger as a means of starting a conversation with someone who you want to begin to get to know better, perhaps as a way of exploring whether they could be a good match as potential future FFL!
Tomorrow is our first Friday since this section has officially opened, help us get things started off on the right foot by posting your Friends For Life Friday peer-support post ASAP tomorrow and meanwhile consider spreading the wold about this youth mental health safe space, forum and Friends For Life meet-up platform so that as many young people as possible can benefit and we begin to build the kind of vibrant, diverse and large community that can provide ever-expanding levels of support ASAP