I’ve fallen in love with the friend who saved my life | Dear Mariella

Mariella Frostrup tells a boy of 16 to bide his time before declaring his love to the girl who helped him through depression

The dilemma I am a 16-year-old boy and have been struggling with anxiety and depression, for which I have sought counselling and support. In my darkest moments, a friend of mine has been there for me unwaveringly and I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say she has saved my life. My dilemma is that I have fallen in love with her. I would love to tell her, but haven’t been able to because I worry that if she has to tell me she doesn’t feel the same, her help and support will go – and that is ...