March Mental Health Update

Did you know that Loneliness is far more than just a bad feeling—it harms both individual and societal health. According to the US Surgeon General’s report (2023), it is associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, dementia, stroke, depression, anxiety, and premature death. The mortality impact of being socially disconnected is similar to that caused by smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day, and even greater than that associated with obesity and physical inactivity.  

One could assume who is lonely and why.  Would it surprise you to know that there is an increase in the rate of loneliness in our young adult demographic?  There is a place for all of us to improve social connection through our places of worship and community.  Join us on Saturday, March 9 at 10 am, room 105, for our next Spirituality and Mental Health Awareness Group.   We will be utilizing some of the US Surgeon General’s Report, so that we might consider the connection to the growing mental health crisis in our own communities.  If you have any questions or want to read this report, go to https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/surgeon-general-social-connection-advisory.pdf

For more information, please email the Rev. Marcia MacKillop, LCSW, at insolidaritycounselingpractice@gmail.com.