Social connections

Staying connected with others makes it easier to build resilience and cope better with life's challenges.

People with good social networks have been found to manage stressful situations more effectively, be physically healthier and live longer. 

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Your social connections map

There are many ways to connect with other people. Completing the map will help you recognise the important connections you already have, and fill in any gaps.
 

Social connections could include:

  • family and friends: husband or wife, partner, friends, parents, kids
  • community: neighbours, colleagues, community organisations
  • professional supports: GP, psychologist, counsellor or social worker 
  • defence community: ex-service organisations, ADF supports such as medical, welfare or division officer or your ADF chain of command