Social isolation is more than loneliness. It’s a prolonged seclusion from forming vital social connections, not feeling accepted, and feeling unable to meaningfully contribute to society.
When people don’t have opportunities to participate in their community, form new social networks, or build meaningful relationships, they can feel increasingly disconnected from the social life of their communities. Statistics show seniors, immigrants, refugees, and people with disabilities are at greater risk to lack positive social ties and become increasingly socially isolated.
People who are socially isolated are at higher risk of developing health problems, slipping into poverty, facing mental health challenges, and having their quality of life reduced. This has dire consequences for the individuals, actually reducing life expectancy for those experiencing isolation.
You can help. Show your local love for the places you call home by donating and getting involved—and together we can make social isolation #UNIGNORABLE.