The importance of relationships for good mental health

Healthy relationships are a vital component of health and well-being. There is compelling evidence that strong relationships contribute to a long, healthy, and happy life.

Matt Hewitt, interpersonal psychotherapist and senior counsellor at Derwent Rural Counselling Service, looks at the importance of relationships for good mental health.

Humans are social animals and so it is generally better for our mental health and well-being to form and maintain healthy relationships.

These may be family-based, platonic or romantic, and are part and parcel of what makes us human.

Most of the time relationships enrich our lives and offer vital social interaction. However, relationships are also incredibly complex in nature and so the way we function within these relationships can have a significant effect on our mental health.

Isolation has also been shown to assist in the development of the symptoms of depression.

Also, the symptoms of depression can actually make us feel like we do not want to socialise which then reinforces the symptoms of the illness.

A healthy balance of solitude and relational interaction is important to our mental health and well-being.

The breakdown of communities has also had a negative impact on the mental health of many.

Think about how your relationships or lack of relationships effect your mental health?

Interpersonal therapy can help you to improve your social functioning with interpersonal strategies and techniques that in turn can then assist you in improving your mood levels.

Virtually everything in life has a relational aspect and so it makes perfect sense that this area of our lives is hugely important towards the development and continuation of good mental health and well-being.”

If you want to talk to someone about your relationship call DRCS on 0800 047 6861.

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