I was a carer for my mum but I'm struggling to socialise after she died

DEAR DEIDRE: I WAS a young carer for my mum until she died from motor-neurone disease four months ago.

Since then, I have struggled even more than usual to socialise or hold down a job.

I lack confidence. I was always an easy target at school and even my best friend bullied me, though that has stopped now.

I’m 17 and live with Mum’s sister. I would like to have a part-time job to help financially but I always either leave after the first day or get fired for being useless.

I stayed home a lot with Mum but now I want to get out more.

I know my family love and support me but how do I break the ice and make friends

DEIDRE SAYS: Losing your mum after being her carer is a huge loss, as well as a blow to your identity.

You can find support to cope with losing your mum through Hope Again (hopeagain.org.uk, 0808 808 1677).

My e-leaflet Teen Guide To Socialising will help you make new friends and Standing Up For Yourself will show you how to do just that.

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