Help Make Social Isolation #UNIGNORABLE

Social inclusion helps people feel accepted in their community and able to contribute meaningfully to society. It impacts their overall well-being; in fact, people with strong social connections are healthier and live longer than those who feel isolated.

Circumstances

Social isolation has serious physical, mental, and emotional consequences. People who are socially isolated are at a 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, and for society.

Statistics show that seniors, immigrants, refugees, and people with disabilities are more likely than the general population to lack positive social ties and become socially isolated.

Programs and supports

United Way’s social isolation strategy supports programs and initiatives that help individuals build meaningful relationships and feel more included in the social life of their communities. The strategy focuses on creating more opportunities to participate in the community, forming new social networks, and establishing inclusive communities and environments where people live, play, and work.

1 in 4

Victoria residents feel disconnected from their community

50%

People over the age of 80 report feeling lonely and men over the age of 80 have the highest suicide rate of all age groups.

15

Lacking social connections can increase one’s chances for early death to a similar degree to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Help solve this issue.

There are so many ways you can do local good in your community—right here, right now. Even the smallest actions have the power to change someone’s life. Doing local good is all about helping people who might be struggling. It can be as simple as smiling at a stranger, or a coordinated effort to raise money for good at your workplace. By taking action, you’re helping put an end to some of the biggest issues in Greater Victoria —including mental illness, domestic violence, and poverty. You’re showing your belief that everyone deserves to live a great life in a great place. You are a champion for your community.

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