There is nothing like a pandemic to challenge a society’s ability to feel socially connected. For many, coping with isolation and social distancing can be trying, as it is something many of us have never had to do before. It makes sense that it is difficult mainly because a core pillar for mental health is social connections. Social connections are influenced by our ability to connect with others, as well as the quality of these connections in our own homes, workplaces and communities.
Isolation can be defined as a barrier that has a negative impact on our ability to perceive that we can be as socially connected with others as want. There are many different steps that we can take to protect our psychological safety and in this webinar, Dr. Howatt, will share some of his founds from research around perceived isolation barriers.