Having alopecia can be traumatic for anyone, but especially for young people. Getting support and being able to live with the condition in a positive way is vital. Here’s how young people can help friends with this hair loss condition.
One of the most important things to do is to create an understanding of the condition. Use a classroom or college meeting to have an open discussion on what causes it and how to help people living with the condition. This can include a question and answer session on how someone dealing with it can be helped. By creating that understanding, young people can avoid issues such as isolation, bullying and ridicule.
One of the more helpful activities that young people can do for a friend with alopecia is to include them in events and the community. This includes supporting them to go to the prom dance, parties and outdoor activities. Some young people choose to have a bald head, while others prefer a wig or beanie-type hat. Helping friends choose their style is also helpful.
Have Fun Together
Raising awareness of alopecia is a crucial way of getting acceptance among peers and to help support people with the condition. Young people can do this through fun activities such as fundraising for a good cause. Themes like wig parties, where everyone wears one, can raise awareness of the condition while being fun at the same time.
Sometimes people with alopecia will want to talk about the condition or an experience they have had. A young friend is ideally placed to listen and to offer support.
Support Others with Alopecia
Young people with alopecia can have a positive effect on other teens and youth with alopecia by supporting them through the experience. Joining a forum and letting others know what helps and how to do things is one method of giving back and spreading the word in a positive way.
Young people can help friends with alopecia in a number of ways to enable them to feel included and positive about their body image.
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