Events

Community Chat:
The Power of Social Connections

Friday, January 20, 2023 | 12:15 — 1 p.m. CST

Register today for this FREE, online event.

Humans are social in nature. Positive social connections and relationships affect our physical, mental, and emotional health. In this online Community Chat, Psychiatrist Dr. Wayne Martinsen and Psychologist Dr. Megan Spencer will discuss the health impact of relationships and social interactions characterized by shared connectedness, support, encouragement, and positive emotions.

Research indicates that Americans are experiencing an increase in loneliness and a decrease in social connections, which makes us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, antisocial behavior, and even suicidal behaviors. Further, a lack of social connectedness predicts susceptibility to disease and death beyond traditional risk factors such as smoking, blood pressure, and physical activity!

Dr. Martinsen and Dr. Spencer will share some ideas for increasing your social connections—for yourself and your children.