Giving back to others can also be helpful in making you feel you have something to offer. This may involve getting involved in voluntary work, having a pet, having responsibility for someone or something or getting involved in a project a group or programme.
It helps to identify different types of social support, so you know who to go to at times of need. E.g. emotional support, practical support, spiritual, advice & companionship
Peer support groups
Accessing support and advice from people who have lived experience of mental health problems can be a helpful form of support. Peer supporters may act as a role model, a mentor/guide, or someone to confide in and help make sense of the problem.
Mutual self-help support groups
Self-help does not mean it has to be done on your own! Going to a group and sharing experiences and troubleshooting difficulties together can be helpful. It can also help you feel that you are not struggling alone and that there is hope.