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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