Social Connectedness, Mental Health & Wellbeing

Social connectedness refers to the quality and number of connections one has with other people in a social circle of family, friends, and acquaintances, while social inclusion is about people being able to participate in society and creating conditions for equal opportunities for all.

Social inclusion requires that all individuals be able to ‘secure a job; access services; connect with family, friends, work, personal interests and local community; deal with personal crisis; and have their voices heard.

Common strategies to improve social inclusion and community connectedness include building the capacity and awareness, targeting disadvantaged groups and addressing negative attitudes and social stigma.

Social connection improves physical health, mental health, and emotional well-being.  

Supporting social and community connectedness that celebrates diversity is a key priority in the G21 region.  

Working with partner organisations around inclusive practice is an essential part of this work and involves acknowledging and responding responsively to the diverse needs of all users regardless of age, gender, mental/physical abilities and characteristics, race, ethnic heritage or sexual orientation.

Source: G21 Health and Wellbeing Plan – 2013-2017

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