What Is the Best Type of Mental Health Support?

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Mental health support is a broad term. Find out what mental health support means and which type of mental health support might be best for you, on HealthyPlace.

What Is the Best Type of Mental Health Support?

Having mental health support is important. With it, people can survive those dark periods that make everything seem overwhelming, upsetting, and negative. With mental health support, people can go beyond surviving to thriving even while living with mental illness. “Support,” though can be a broad and vague term, which can make finding it a daunting task.

This truth just might remove some of the pressure of finding the right support: Mental health support is very individualized, and the best type is different for everyone. The key is defining what you need. Support takes many forms, and some are direct while others are indirect. Which of these (one, some, or all) would best help you?

  • Formal, structured help from a mental health professional
  • Causal, low-key presence from one or a few friends or family members (you can spend time with them and talk about your experiences only if you want to)
  • Regular companionship from a support animal
  • Spiritual connection and belonging in a religious organization
  • A regularly meeting support group
  • Online groups and forums
  • A place to connect with others through meaningful volunteer work

Starting with just one source is enough. The best type of mental health support is the one that feels the most helpful to you.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: What types of mental health support are most valuable to you? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. 3 Tips for Managing Stigmatizing Thoughts
  2. Mental Health Apps for Coping with Depression and Anxiety
  3. Finding Little Things to Reduce Anxiety

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


Mental Health Quote

"Sometimes all you need is someone just to be there, even if they can’t solve your problems, just knowing there is someone who cares can make all the difference."

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2020, January 20). What Is the Best Type of Mental Health Support? , HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, May 27 from

Last Updated: January 21, 2020

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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