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Relationship Between Social Support and Mental Health

Mental health is an essential aspect of an individual’s well-being. However, mental illness is prevalent worldwide, affecting millions of people. According to the World Health Organization, one in four individuals is affected by mental illness at some point in their lives. The prevalence of mental illness is increasing, and it has become a significant public health concern.

Many factors contribute to mental illness, including:

  • genetics
  • environment
  • lifestyle

One factor that has gained attention in recent years is social support. Social support refers to the resources that an individual receives from their social network, such as:

  • emotional support
  • informational support
  • practical support

Several studies have examined the relationship between social support and mental health. A study published in BMC Public Health aimed to understand the relationship between social support and mental health in a sample of 3086 adults from the United States.

The study found that higher levels of social support were associated with better mental health outcomes, such as:

  • lower levels of depressive symptoms
  • anxiety
  • stress

The researchers also found that the type of social support received was important, with emotional support being the most significant predictor of better mental health outcomes.

These findings have important implications for mental health interventions. Interventions that promote social support, particularly emotional support, may improve mental health outcomes in individuals experiencing mental illness.

Furthermore, the study highlights the importance of social support networks in promoting mental health. Individuals with supportive social networks may be better equipped to cope with stress and life challenges, which can contribute to better mental health outcomes.

Click here to read more from BMC Public Health’s article related to this topic.

Please also click here, a related blog about this topic from Asher Longevity Institute.

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