Evaluation Research Coordinator Compass Health Network Clinton, Missouri
Nearly half of adults in America characterize themselves as “sometimes or always” lonely. However, we know that many people with mental illness demonstrated impressive resilience against stress, partially due to efforts to combat isolation and loneliness by staying socially connected through virtual and other methods. This presentation will take a deep dive into the epidemiology of loneliness to illuminate its roots, as well as the science of social connection as a health and mental health promotion strategy, while also highlighting the role of our community behavioral health services in improving social connectedness.
Describe the prevalence and adverse health and behavioral health effects of loneliness and social isolation, particularly among individuals with mental illness.
Enumerate the impact of community behavioral health services in facilitating meaningful connection, especially during times of adversity and isolation.
Identify and discuss targeted evidence-informed strategies to build healthy connection-promoting skills.