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What Is It about Peer Support and Self-help that Helps?

Promotes psychological sense of community

Provides social support and information from people who have been in the same boat

Gives people an opportunity to help as well as be helped – helper therapy principle, “helping you helps me”

Teaches practical coping strategies

Provides an alternative world view

Gives people an opportunity to tell their stories

Provides a network of new social relationships

Provides inspiring role models

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