U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy is sounding the alarm about the harmful effects of loneliness, isolation and disconnection on the American public. In a recent advisory, he calls for a culture of connection and highlights how social isolation and loneliness significantly impact our physical and mental health, as well as overall well-being. This is a public health crisis that requires urgent attention and action.
“Humans are wired for social connection, but we’ve become more isolated over time.”
““Social connection is as essential to our long-term survival as food and water. But today, loneliness is more widespread than other major health issues in the U.S. Our epidemic of loneliness and isolation is a major public health concern.”
To address these concerns, the Surgeon General recommends a range of strategies, such as promoting social connections and community engagement, supporting intergenerational programs, and leveraging technology to enhance social connections.
“Social connection significantly improves the health and well-being of all individuals.”
“Social connection reduces the risk of premature mortality. It can predict better physical and mental health outcomes and ease stress. Higher levels of connection can influence health-related behaviors. Connection can even impact educational and economic achievement.”
One key recommendation is to build strong and supportive communities that foster social connections and provide opportunities for engagement. This can involve initiatives such as community events and activities, volunteer work, and mentorship programs. Additionally, the article highlights the importance of supporting intergenerational programs that bring together people of different ages and backgrounds to learn from one another and build positive relationships.
The work of StudentsCare aligns with the Surgeon General’s recommendations to promote social connections and community engagement and to support intergenerational programs. Through our Senior Buddy Program, we bring together college students and isolated older adults to build positive, long-lasting friendships.
The advisory underscores the importance of addressing social isolation and loneliness as critical public health concerns. By creating a culture of connection and supporting social connections and community engagement, we can help to promote health, well-being, and a sense of belonging for all individuals.
“Together we can advance social connection and improve our nation’s public health.”
“Fostering social connection requires that we each commit to our relationships and communities. Our actions today can create sustainable changes to society and bring better health to all.”
At StudentsCare, we take pride in our mission to combat social isolation and loneliness. By connecting students with those in need, we can help address the harmful effects of loneliness, isolation and disconnection. Join us in our fight to build a brighter, more connected future.
Learn more about the Surgeon General’s priorities and find valuable resources here.
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