All too often men with depression tend to isolate themselves because they don’t want to feel like they are a burden on others, and they think people will think worse of them if they open up about their feelings. Building better relationships, and improving current relationships will help reduce isolation and building social support are important in preventing depression.
Peer Support is based on sharing experiences and agreeing a reason for meeting. Peer support can improve an individual’s emotional health, wellbeing and sense of belonging.
A vital part of peer support is mutual respect; peer support aims to help both those giving and receiving support. Everyone's experiences are treated as equally important, so this can give a different experience to more traditional support options.
Talking to people who have been through similar challenges can:
Research has shown that peer-run self-help groups yield improvement in psychiatric symptoms resulting in decreased hospitalisation, larger social support networks and enhanced self-esteem and social functioning.
Exercise is a powerful depression fighter and one of the most important tools in your recovery arsenal.
Sleep has a strong effect on mood. When you don't get enough sleep, your depression symptoms will be worse.
Too much stress exacerbates depression and puts you at risk for future depression.