A social support system is a network of people you trust and look to for guidance. This support system may be a family member, a spouse, friends or a more formal support group or resource centre, such as the Calgary MFRC.
Research shows that having a support system has many positive benefits. People with strong support systems have higher levels of well-being, better coping skills and a longer and healthier life. Studies have also shown that social support can reduce depression and anxiety.
Social support systems and a personal community can help you:
Handle difficult situations—When obstacles arise—such as the unique obstacles met in military life— you sometimes need a little help keeping your goals in perspective. The people in your support network will be there for you when you need to talk after a long day, or when you’re feeling overwhelmed with work, life or your other obligations. Supportive friends, family, and community members will celebrate your successes and help provide the encouragement that you need to meet each challenge with determination and a positive attitude.
Find needed resources—Your social support system can be invaluable sources of information. They can also help you develop your professional network. Take advantage of the knowledge, networks and resources available in your community, and in the Calgary MFRC.
Get motivated—Forming relationships with your military family community will help you stay engaged and motivate you to succeed. If you are ever overwhelmed or struggling, your support network will be willing to help you and offer their guidance, insight and strategies for success. You’ll benefit from working closely with others in your program and might even forge long-lasting friendships.