The Consequences of Social Isolation
In partnership with Beyond Differences, Drs. Dabney Ingram and Rebecca London compiled research that indicates social isolation has long-standing effects.
In fact, we found a consistent relationship between social isolation and lasting mental, physical, and academic consequences. Feelings of loneliness were associated with regular headaches and stomach aches, higher risk for substance abuse, and depression. Sadly, those are problems that carry into adulthood.
But we can do something.
We’ve always known that the connections our student leaders make with their peers are life changing. We strive to create a community where no one feels socially isolated. We work directly with students in middle schools and high schools as leaders and mentors to their classmates. Teachers and administrators support these programs that promote inclusive activities and spread kindness because they see their students performing better in school and engaging better with their classmates.