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I have a friend that I met a few years ago. I met her over the summer and she was incredibly bubbly and fun. She lived on the other side of the country but we texted to stay in contact.
After a while we lost contact. But a while later she texted me.
She told me that she had had to change her number because she was being bullied over her phone and in school. After talking for a while she told me that the bullying had driven her to self harm and that she had depression and an anxiety disorder, but when she messaged me she was four months clean.
She is still bullied though and I want to do what I can to help her but she still lives across the country. I pray for her and we message every so often. I know that she does not believe in Christ but I believe that he could do so much for her if she would let him.
What can I do other than praying for her?
Thanks for helping me out here!

May 21, 2015 at 07:26


Talk to her! Call her, text her, not every so often, but VERY often 🙂 It makes situations like this soooo much easier if you have someone to talk to about it.

Definitely share Christ with her! Ask God for wisdom on what to say, and he will be faithful to give you the words to say at the right time 🙂 (Luke 21:15; Matthew 10:19)

You could invite her to our PI Girl Talk Forums! They were really helpful when I was depressed.

May 21, 2015 at 07:39
Mandi Pi

Mandi Pi

Definitely what AdventureGirl said. Do tell her about PI; we’re always here for anyone who needs help. 🙂 Maybe to start out telling her about Christ, send encouraging verses ( http://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/bible-study/encouraging-bible-verses/encouraging-bible-verses-about-gods-strength/ ~and~ http://www.openbible.info/topics/strength ).

Frequently assure her that you’re there for her, you’re praying for her, and that you love her. Be sure and remind her about the things you would want to be reminded of; tell her she’s beautiful, what other people think of her doesn’t define her, things like that. She may not always want to have “real” talks, but do check in with her sometimes on how she’s doing with self harm, what’s been bugging her lately, what’s been helping her, etc. (I’ve never been depressed myself so I’m not an expert on how that helps, but two of my best friends are depressed, and that’s what I do with them…I just know that keeping things inside is always harmful).

If she falls back into struggling with self harm, tell her about the Butterfly Project and some alternatives to self harm: http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/197/5/7/butterfly_project_____by_quixotictulip-d57hfte.jpg ~and~ http://24.media.tumblr.com/91f9024a2bbc1a3bd1c3498d0bf88c7b/tumblr_mq08b3s1bi1srnwvro1_500.jpg

Overall, just be there for her. That’s what she probably needs most. I’ll be praying for her and also for you to have wisdom in the relationship. 🙂 Let us know if you need anything else!

May 22, 2015 at 08:26
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