The Healing Power of Social Connection

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I’d like to address a common and pressing issue that affects millions of Americans: loneliness. In a world more interconnected than ever, the prevalence of loneliness has reached epidemic proportions, with more than half of Americans reporting feelings of isolation.

Loneliness can have serious consequences on our well-being. Research has shown that chronic loneliness and social isolation can increase the risk of premature death, heighten the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other illnesses, and increase the likelihood of anxiety, depression, and even dementia. Social isolation is also a risk factor for suicide.

Coaching Into Connection
To combat the public health epidemic of loneliness, we introduce the Be Connected Coaching Into Connection program. This statewide program pairs Connection Coaches, who are military veterans, with veterans and family members who want to increase their social connection. 

Connection Coaches work with participants to identify their individualized areas of interest, find options, and get connected. For example, some might be interested in sports or outdoor recreation, while others like activities such as book clubs or crafting groups. Connection Coaches can also help participants find support groups and rebuild connections with family and friends. 

Loneliness and social disconnection are very common and Coaching Into Connection is here to help. If you or someone you care about could benefit from this service, please submit a referral form so one of our team members can reach out and help or call 866-4AZ-VETS (866-429-8387). 

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Be Connected and ConnectVeterans.org are provided in partnership by:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Special thanks to the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family for their partnership and support.

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