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So why is peer support so effective in helping people cope with problems?

Endless scientific, mental health and research papers have explored this question but at the end of the day the answer is quite simple.

Only someone in the same boat can really understand what it's like.

Peer support works because the people sharing their experiences realise they're not alone, others suffer the same problems, and some of them even know what to do about it!

SameBoat also places topic-related links and ads for support services ("lifeboats") on discussion pages so anyone looking for help can access it in just one click.

SameBoat is an anonymous, simple and safe means by which people with shared concerns can help each other deal with the issue they have in common. doesn't just help people with big problems. Whatever the issue, big or small, you'll find someone in the same boat to talk to at

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We hope you find someone in the same boat with whom you can share your story, and that together you can navigate your way through the issue.