Reflecting back on all of this now, I knew that my friend was struggling with anxiety way before I had an understanding of what mental health was, before it became a mainstream topic and I regret never doing my research. This is because after the experience I had, I would not wish that on anyone, and I felt bad for not being there for her years ago when she needed someone the most. I wish I didn't leave it so late to reach out to my friend. I'm so grateful that we both attend the same university because it helped that I was able to physically see and talk to her. We made an effort to meet up every week to do something fun or just chill at a cafe and not think about anything university related. I am glad that our mental health is something we can comfortably talk about now and that we can be there for each other, especially throughout this global pandemic. It can be difficult to navigate through the world of mental illness and even harder when you try to do it alone. Please remember that there are many people who are ready and willing to help you and that you deserve to be happy!
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