1. Ask them what they need.
So many people are quiet about their own needs, it’s painful to watch. I pride myself that in more than one of my friendships, we have a great openness and honesty that keeps the air clean of tension or questions. That truthfulness is the most underrated and lacking aspect of several modern friendships and is the reason behind many clashes. If from the start you know your friend is struggling with something, be open and ask them what they need from you. Do they need your full advice? Do they just need support or someone to listen? Maybe they just need a distraction.