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How do I know if I have good social support?

It won’t hurt to evaluate your social network. Look at your social network and make sure you have comfortable support in the following key areas: emotional, social, informational, and practical support.

Emotional support - Do you have a friend who is a confidant and who you can trust with your most personal feelings and worries?

Social support - Do you have a friend you enjoy being with, who helps you survive disappointments and who understands your pain?

Informational support - Do you have someone you can ask for advice on major decisions?

Practical support - Do you have a friend who will help you out in a pinch (close friend, coworker, family member)?

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