You are around people every day.
- You see some people a lot:
- Girlfriends and boyfriends
- Husbands and wives
You know other people, too.
- Some people are not as close to you:
- Your doctor
- The person who works at the bank
- The person who lives next door
Why are friends important?
- A friend is someone with whom you can:
- Have fun
- Share thoughts and feelings
What do friends do for each other?
- In a healthy friendship, people:
- Talk and listen to each other
- Respect each other
- Work out problems or disagreements
Do you have a healthy friendship?
- Do you like to spend time with your friend?
- Do you feel safe with your friend?
- Do you feel good when you’re with your friend?
- If you said yes to all of these questions… you have a healthy friendship!
Do you have an unhealthy friendship?
- Do you feel sad, angry, or scared around your friend?
- Does your friend say mean things to you?
- Do you feel you have to spend time with your friend?
- If you said yes to any of these questions… you may not have a healthy friendship.
You can get sick or hurt in an unhealthy friendship.
- If you think you have an unhealthy friendship, talk to:
- Another friend you trust
- A counselor
- If a friend hits or hurts you tell someone you trust today!
Making New Friends
- Some people are shy.
- That makes it hard to make new friends.
- Here are some ideas that can help you take the first step.
Step 1: What’s Going On in Your Town?
- There are lots of places nearby where you can make new friends.
- This worksheet will help you explore your community. Fill it out together with friends or your support staff.
Step 2: What do you like to do?
- Make a list of things you like to do.
- Ask someone who knows you well for their ideas, too.
- Where do people go to do these things?
- A place (like a video arcade or bowling alley)?
- A club (like a train club, gardening club)?
Step 3: Just go do it!
- What will you try first? A club? A new place you haven’t been? A sports event?
- Do you need support - like a ride or help filling out a form? Ask!
- Do you want someone to go with you? Ask!
- Now… just go do it!
Other Places to Meet People
- Ask your support person if there are:
- People First meetings in your area
- Dances for people with disabilities at local Recreation Centers or ARCs
- Activities at local Recreation Centers
- Volunteer opportunities at local parks, theaters or museums
What if I meet someone I’d like to have as a friend?
- Say your name and ask for theirs.
- Talk about something you enjoy:
- “This is a great baseball game.”
- “Have you seen this movie before?”
- Ask questions about the person.
- Before you know it, you have a new friend!
- Everyone needs friends
- Everyone deserves healthy friendships
- If your friendship is unhealthy, talk to someone you trust
- If you are being hurt call someone today
- Making new friends is as easy as 1,2,3