Researchers have consistently found a positive association between the quality of people’s support and their health, well-being and/or recovery.
A supportive person is someone who:
is aware and knows about the problem
is available to listen and understand
is non-judgmental and accepting
does not take sides
is sensitive in knowing when to give advice
offers material help
offers help in accessing support services.
An unsupportive person is someone who:
is uninvolved in the situation
is uninformed about the situation
condemns the situation
has a harsh attitude toward the person
gives unhelpful advice.
Make sure to choose support systems that are empowering and that recognize the stress you are experiencing.