Support Network: Do you have one or not?
Hi I am going to be honest here: My question is whether you have cancer, a mental illness, or just stress do you have a supportive network of people you can rely one?
The truth is: I don't really have that. I find myself somewhat alienated by my colleagues at University and see them from time to time - but they're more like acquaintances rather friends.
My support network consists of my significant other, my case manager (occupational therapy), and my psychiatrist. If I was in a psych ward none of my friends would visit me - based on the first episode - she never contacted me. So i feel like i lost a friend that wasn't really a friend at all.
I guess i am a sentimental person and i'd like to find like minded people, people who can understand what i mean, people who actually rather than look at their phone 15 times during a conversation.
if you are one of those lucky people with a big network or strong supportive network kudos to you and your network.
All the best
I suppose I never knew what a support network was and was almost 50 when I met another person who had the same illness. We didn't have much in common at all , but she did understand and she lived a long way away.
My family does not understand me, they are kind but have never really asked about how I feel.
I have found people on this forum who are supportive and that helps. I find helping other also helps.
So my support network is mainly online and that suits me.
I suppose I have never had like minded people nearby so I am ok just knowing I can email people or phone if needed.
Thanks again for an interesting question.
Hi Jenn and all,
I love this topic! I can definitely relate to your struggles of finding an offline support network...and I’m pretty sure there are many others who can relate...
For the most part, I have people that I call friends, but in reality, they are more like acquaintances that I see on a regular basis. My fear of loneliness (as well as actual loneliness) was/is so great that I would accept anyone who came along and gladly call them my friend...I’ve recently learnt that is not an antidote to my loneliness...
So, more recently, I’m working towards building a mutual/reciprocal support network & looking for deeper friendships. It’s a lot of trial and error..
In my case, discernment is now important when it comes to who I let in. I’ve become so disillusioned/disappointed due to the past that I’m now a lot more careful...I desperately crave deeper connections, but not just with “anyone”...
Thanks again for raising this highly relatable topic 🙂
Kindness and care,