We live in an age that promotes independence and being able to get through 'anything and everything' by yourself, but it's okay to realise that you need some external support.
When you're the support person, it's important that the actions you take to help the other person are, first of all, supportive, and secondly appropriate. Giving advice is a natural instinct, because down deep we all want to be saviours.
More often than not though, the most appropriate (and supportive) action to take is to listen. In this article in Aesthetic Medical Practitioner Magazine, I talk about my top my five tips on listening (not fixing).
I hope these tips help you when you need to be the supportive listener - or even just to be a better everyday listener!