Researchers from the University College Dublin (UCD) completed a study showing that people who participated in some form of social interaction felt less symptoms of depression.
“This study shows that conventional treatments can be supplemented by social support from family, friends, and the community in the battle against mental health problems,” said Kathleen Lynch, the Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health, and Older People, who officially launched the report findings at UCD. “Increased social interaction helps sufferers to rebuild their self-esteem which in turn enables them to maintain and develop positive relationships and friendships.”
The study showed that by participating in social activities such as engaging in conversation and going to places like the movies, museums, or out for coffee, people with mental illness to felt less isolated, stigmatized, and anxious.
“The evidence from this study is unequivocal,” added Sheridan, a lecturer at the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Systems at University College Dublin. “Supporting the development of positive relationships and increasing social activity helps with the treatment of mental health difficulties.”
–Magpie Media at Mental Wellness Today