As you may know, loneliness is a silent killer in our society that affects a staggering 77% of young adults with exceptionalities (Someone Cares if I’m not There Report, by the Jo Cox Commission in 2017). The effects of loneliness are vast and complex and have proved to impact mental and general health. The loneliness epidemic, heightened during the pandemic, has taken a toll on many in community.
Studies show that a certain gauge of happiness relates to the amount of our social interactions, and therefore, facilitating this basic human need begins to alleviate loneliness at the core.
This is why I want to let you know about The 5-Day Unlonely Challenge which runs May 3 – 7, 2021 from 7 pm to 8 pm
Each night features a simple interactive activity and conversations through Zoom. Beyond the 5-day challenge, participants can choose to remain connected each Friday night through 1-hour Zoom connects (which also include a simple activity).
These are all available free of charge, run by a group of community volunteers who desire to alleviate loneliness among young adults with exceptionalities in Scarborough.
Through The 5-Day Unlonely Challenges, we hope to build a strong network (online and in-person throughout the city) of young adults with exceptionalities, parents, and community leaders and volunteers to ensure that no one in our community feels lonely.
We’re in this together.
I would love for you to be a part of this in 3 ways:
- Register for The 5-Day Unlonely Challenge: www.unlonelychallenge.com
- Join the community-wide Exceptionally Together Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/450326582873262
- Tell others that you know who could support or benefit from this initiative
I believe that together we can alleviate loneliness among young adults with exceptionalities in Scarborough.