Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Brave Teens | Phone A Friend: Joe Talks Support Networks

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- Hey, it's Joe again, I wanna talk a little about,

one, how things are going,

and, two, the importance of having a support network

of your peers, at least in my opinion.

So things are going all right, got out fishing today,

which was nice, caught a catfish.

The catch didn't really respond so I had to let him go,

that's fine, he wasn't that big,

probably two pounds, not very big.

Doing a lot of homework even though it's Sunday,

because I'm behind, as always.

I dunno, I'm just a little down, just a little down.

Not dangerously, though, so that's good.

Let's talk about support networks.

So I am

lucky to have

a solid, let's see,

how many people do I got,

four, five people, that are my age,

that are dealing with similar things

or have dealt with similar things,

that I can just talk to.

Whether in person, well, obviously not in person right now,

but whether it was at school, online,

I know them all in person,

but some of them live kind of far away,

and I only knew them from the hospital,

or from the group therapy.

Actually, I met my girlfriend in the hospital,

so, there's that.

One of my friends from the hospital,

she texted me the other day which was awesome,

because I hadn't heard from her in eight months,

and said,

"hey, hi,

"I'm doing eh,

"but I'm alive, I exist still, how are you?"

And I was like, "oh my god, thank you, you're alive, ah",

'cause I was like, yeah,

she should have been out two months ago.

And so it was like, oh no,

is she not get my contact information,

did my messages I sent her not go through, stuff like that.

But, nope, she contacted me, so that was good,

that was really nice.

Support systems are really important,

'cause you need something to be able to lean back on

when you're having rough days.

Like I'm having a rough day, I'll call up one of my friends.

These are all my friends, I have like five friends,

and I'll be like, "hey, having a rough day,

"you wanna talk about literally anything else?"

And they'll be like, "sure",

and then we'll talk about literally anything else.

It's nice, and they do the same with me,

because it's a mutually beneficial agreement.

That's how we operate.

If you can find a support network

of people like you, your age,

going through similar things,

whether it be self-harm, depression, anxiety, trauma,

abuse, an eating disorder, anything.

Find someone like yourself,

and do it in a way that's beneficial to you,

however that looks, in a way that's safe,

and is consistent with your current treatment plan,

because I'm not a treatment provider.

I'm not a medical professional, I'm not any of that.

Do what you're told to do by your treatment professionals,

I'm just telling you what's been helpful to me,

literally, that's all I'm doing.

Don't go online and be like,

"hey, who here's a teenager who's depressed?"

No, don't do that.

But, if you've met someone and they're like you,

and make it a real support network.

All of these friends that I'm talking about,

they have my parents' numbers.

If I ever say something threatening to myself,

they will call my parents, that's our arrangement,

I've arranged that with them.

And that's arranged from them to me as well.

So do it safely, don't do it in a way

where you're just gonna egg each other forward and forward

to worse and worse and worse and worse,

because that's really bad, that's really bad, don't do that.

I have my notebook, 'cause I was gonna read a poem,

maybe I'll save that for another video,

maybe I'll do that in a second.

All right,


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