Support networks bring together people facing similar issues. Members of a support network often share their personal experiences and offer one another emotional comfort and moral support.
A wide and growing support network is a key factor in keeping people supported and safe into the future.
Benefits of a social network
Several studies have demonstrated that having a network of supportive relationships contributes to psychological well-being.
When you have a support network, you benefit in the following ways:
Sense of belonging
Spending time with people helps ward off loneliness. Whether it's other new parents, dog lovers, fishing buddies or a group of people with disabilities, just knowing you're not alone can go a long way toward coping with stress.
Increased sense of self-worth
Having people who call you a friend reinforces the idea that you're a good person to be around.
Feeling of security
Your social network gives you access to information, advice, guidance and other types of assistance should you need them. It's comforting to know that you have people you can turn to in a time of need.
Having more informed choices
Dealing with your issues at the start can become very daunting but getting practical advice or information about treatment options, comparing notes about resourses and recommending doctors or services can make the whole situation a lot easier.
Making long lasting friendships
Having another friend in your situation brings you closer together with a mutual respect for one another. Seeing them on a regular basis and just being there for them can help make some fantastic friendships.
How to find a support network
To find a support group:
Ask your doctor or other health care provider for assistance.
Search the internet
Contact local centres
Check your local listings
Ask people you know
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