Social support

Social support:

That assistance available to individuals and groups from within communities which can provide a buffer against adverse life events and living conditions, and can provide a positive resource for enhancing the quality of life.

Reference: modified definition

Social support may include emotional support, information sharing and the provision of material resources and services. Social support is now widely recognized as an important determinant of health, and an essential element of social capital.

Source: Health Promotion Glossary (1998), WHO/HPR/HEP/98.1