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How Well Does Peer Support and Self-help Work?

Joyce spoke of being more assertive with her family doctor about changing her medication. “If I don’t like something in my life I change it so I have more power and control over that. Before I kind of went into a pit and complained.” She recently got married, and she is volunteering with a community centre. She was working at 2 jobs which overwhelmed her and led to a hospitalization, but she found that this experience helped her learn her limits. “The last time I was depressed I literally walked in and wasn’t escorted by the police this time. I really took charge even of that. I was treated a lot better. . . I can see myself taking more charge every day. I think that is what made me more healthy and it helps to have a partner behind you saying ‘you are doing good. Don’t worry about it.’”

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