The Importance of Social Support
Social support and mental health
Scientific evidence shows that social support can improve or even save our lives, perhaps by reducing the stress that we feel. That could be stress from living with a chronic illness, such as a mental health condition, or stress from work, relationships, and other parts of life that can have a bad effect on our bodies. There may be other ways that having social support helps, too. For example, a person with diabetes may be better able to take medications on time and manage their illness if they have friends and family to support them. It has been proven that people with social support live longer, healthier lives.
Social support also impacts our mental health. Take for example the case of depression and diabetes. People with diabetes are more likely to get depression-- but, studies have shown that people with diabetes who have social support are less likely to get depressed than those who do not have socia