Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation, 2023
United States. Public Health Service. Office of the Surgeon General
Holt-Lunstad, Julianne; Golant, Susan
From the document: "As this advisory has shown, fulfilling connections are a critical and often underappreciated contributor to individual and population health and longevity, safety, prosperity, and well-being. On the other hand, social disconnection contributes to many poor health outcomes, and even to premature death. Sadly, around 50% of adults in the U.S. reported being lonely in recent years -- and that was even before COVID-19 separated so many of us from our friends, loved ones, and support systems. Our bonds with others and our community are also part of this equation. Research has shown that more connected communities enjoy higher levels of well-being. The converse is also true. How do we put this important information to practical use in our society? What actionable steps can we take to enhance social connection so that we can all enjoy its benefits? A National Strategy to Advance Social Connection is the critical next step to catalyze action essential to our nation's health, safety, and prosperity. The strategy includes six foundational pillars and a series of key recommendations, organized according to stakeholder group, to support a whole-of-society approach to advancing social connection. Individuals and organizations can use this framework to propel the critical work of reversing these worrisome trends and strengthening social connection and community."
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  • Authors
    Holt-Lunstad, Julianne
    Golant, Susan
  • Publisher
    United States. Public Health Service. Office of the Surgeon General
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  • Copyright
    Public Domain
  • Retrieved From
    Department of Health and Human Services: www.hhs.gov/
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  • Subjects
    Social isolation
    Public health--Social aspects
  • Resource Group
    Critical Releases

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