One of the most helpful things for building resilience is engaging with a support network. A support network is built of people who are close to us including family, friends, partners, colleagues, and sometimes health professionals.
Talking to other people helps you process your thoughts and feelings. In a difficult situation, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by strong emotions, so it’s very helpful to get some external advice. There might be someone in your support network that had experienced something similar, or someone who might help you see the problem from another angle. In general, support networks are a good source of advice and encouragement.
Some people who live with chronic health conditions such as viral hepatitis may find it difficult talking openly about their illness. It’s possible to receive support without disclosing your hepatitis status, but you might also find that disclosing your status to someone you trust and feel comfortable with and receiving the unconditional support of your friends and family can be a very positive and empowering experience. For more information about disclosure, check out our webpage or call the Hepatitis Infoline on 1800 703 003.
You might also want to consider using mental health support services, who can teach you how to develop strategies to improve your resilience. Another option is joining a peer support group where you can be open about your hepatitis status and receive advice and support from people who are in a similar situation.