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Meeting other people with M.E.

Meeting other people with M.E.

Having friends who have M.E. can make all the difference, because they know what it's like to live with the condition. Becoming friends because you've got M.E. doesn't mean that you aren't proper friends – it just means that you have something in common that you can help and support each other with. 

The important thing to remember is that you're friends because you get on with each other - and because you might have other things in common besides M.E. A friendship is something to treasure, whether your friend has M.E. or not.

You might be lucky enough to have a friend with M.E. that you can see in person, but it's more likely that your M.E. friends will be online. This doesn't make them any less of a friend, and the connection you have is still valuable. In fact, research has found that using websites with chat rooms or message boards can help people with long-term health conditions. As well as feeling better informed and supported, overall most could see an improvement in the way they looked after their health and managed their condition. So online friends are definitely worth having.

You can meet other people with M.E. by:

  • becoming a member of Action for M.E., which is free for anyone under 18
  • joining our dedicated Young Members Forum, where you can share your experience with other children and young people living with M.E. (please note this is for Action for M.E.'s under 18 members only)
  • getting in touch with your local M.E. support group, and seeing if they have other young members - you can find your nearest group in our services directory