How can I help my best friend?

You might have lots of different feelings when your friend is living with cancer. That’s okay and really normal. You can talk with someone you trust, or if you need someone to talk to, you can ring Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.


Keep in touch

When your friend is in hospital or missing school, make times to call, text or video message (ask someone in your family or your teacher to help). You could even send a parcel with fun letters, stickers, pictures, magazines or other cool stuff to the hospital. Getting a care package will make them feel really special!


Ask someone in your family if you can visit your friend. This may not always be possible, but if you can, think about something fun to take to do together – a craft project, or even watching your favourite movie with popcorn!

Invite Them to Hang Out

Keep inviting your friend to hang out, even if they have to say no a lot of the time (because they’re in hospital or feeling unwell)/ They will feel good knowing you’re still thinking of them.

Include Your Friends

Let your other friends at school and other places know that you can’t catch cancer from someone else and that hair grows back they finish chemo (if that has happened to your friend). Any always include your friend with cancer in the playground when they come back to school.

Have a Chat

Ask your friend how they’re feeling if you want. They might want to talk to you about what it’s like visiting hospital. They might not want to talk about it at all – and that’s okay. Ask someone you trust (like your teacher, Mum, Dad or someone in your family) if you’re not sure.

Host An Event

Your family or school might want to have a special event to raise money or support your friend – like a mufti day. If you think you’d like to help with this, ask your teacher, or someone in your family if this is a good idea.

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