Isolation, Loneliness, & The Season of Solitude
It looks like we will be spending a lot of time inside this winter. For those battling loneliness, this will become an even more challenging time. Whether it be a friend, a family member, or a neighbor, we all can do something to help. Here are some ways to learn more:
Untethered, a Primer on Social Isolation. "This tidal wave of social isolation moves like a ghost - hard to see, easy to neglect," writes social scientist David T Hsu. With 40% of adults reporting feeling lonely on a regular basis, this is an important read.
Donate Your Words, a campaign Cadbury ran in 2019, raised awareness about loneliness and the power of connection. The ads cited that over 225,000 older people in the UK go a week without talking to anyone. Their testimonials are powerful.
Being Socially Isolated with Mental Illness is an important piece from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
The Silent Child reveals one of the many ways we can feel alone. This Oscar-winning 20-minute movie will help you see isolation in a new light.