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Effectiveness of Peer Support for Depression

In a newly released study*, peer support for depression was found to be more effective than traditional forms of treatment and as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy. Peer support helps with isolation issues, promotes self-help education and provides encouraging role models. The psychiatrist author of this study noted that peer support should be used more often to help treat depression given that up to a third of individuals aren’t helped by antidepressants and 50% relapse within a year of remission. We hope you will get some high quality peer support here.
Weekly Help for Depression Recovery

I was really quite surprised about the results of our most recent Quick Boost Poll results. More than half of our respondents said that they didn't consciously use sunlight to help with their depression. We didn't ask why that was the case but from a few comments and my experience it probably comes down to two simple issues: 1. It is hard to get out in the sunlight when we are depressed and 2. Many people don't understand how helpful it can be.

I certainly understand how it can be hard to get outside when you are depressed. Just getting out of bed can be quite a challenge. It can also be the case that we don't live in a place where we can get sunlight year round. So why might it be important to put in the effort to get a daily dose of sunlight?   Read More »
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