Mental Health

On Edge: How Friendship Can Be A Mental-Health Safety Net

Laurel Carpenter and Melissa Humphrey, two 30-something nurses, moms and best friends in Grand Junction, rely on each other for support with anxiety.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — It started about four years ago when Laurel Carpenter and Melissa Humphrey bought matching parkas and then matching comfort shoes.

Soon enough, the nurses-slash-best friends from Grand Junction found themselves with matching chihuahua-print leggings and matching hoodies with fleece-lined pockets in which they carry their matching chihuahuas.

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