7 ways to get the emotional support you need from friends

How to help your friends help you when you need it most.

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If you’’ve experienced the death of a spouse or family member, an illness or other medical or mental health challenge, or have had some other need for assistance, comfort or care, then you know it’’s not always easy to ask for help. Depending on the personal challenge, it can be embarrassing to call attention to yourself in a way that might seem “needy.”

Yet, there are times when we really do need assistance, and most people in your life really do want to help or be there in some way; they just may not know how. But who better to know what you need than yourself? If you aren’’t sure you do, here are seven ways to help you become your own best advocate.