Social support refers to the various types of support (assistance or help) that people receive from other people.
Social support is sometimes divided into three main categories:
Formal social support may be provided by statutory organisations (such as social services) while informal social support may be provided by non-statutory organisations (such as social clubs or churches) or by individuals (such as friends and relatives).
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