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WHO's New Commission Aims to Tackle Loneliness and Foster Social Connection




Today, we want to shine a spotlight on an initiative that's close to our hearts—the launch of the WHO Commission on Social Connection. This groundbreaking commission, spearheaded by the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, and the African Union Youth Envoy, Chido Mpemba, is poised to address loneliness as a critical health threat and champion social connection as a top priority.


With a lineup of 11 policy-makers, thought leaders, and advocates onboard, this commission is set to embark on a transformative journey over the next three years.


In summary, the commission will delve into the pivotal role that social connection plays in enhancing health outcomes across all age groups and regions. From tackling the scourge of loneliness among older adults to addressing the social pain experienced by adolescents, the commission will leave no stone unturned in its quest for solutions.


Social isolation and loneliness pack a serious punch when it comes to health and well-being. Did you know that lacking strong social connections can increase the risk of stroke, anxiety, depression, and even suicide? It's a sobering reality—one that demands urgent attention.


Later this year we're hoping Socialode can build a world that's less lonely, healthier, and more resilient. Making real friends who see you as, you.


As Dr. Vivek Murthy rightly puts it, "Given the profound health and societal consequences of loneliness and isolation, we have an obligation to make the same investments in rebuilding the social fabric of society that we have made in addressing other global health concerns."


Chido Mpemba emphasizes, "Young people are not immune to loneliness. Social isolation can affect anyone, of any age, anywhere." Indeed, investing in social connections is paramount to nurturing productive, resilient, and stable economies for generations to come."


Socialode's goal is to break down barriers, bridge divides, and pave the way for a brighter, more connected future.


Stay tuned for more updates (In the next post we'll introduce the updated model of Socialode we've been working on.


As Always,

You Just Need To Be You


Cheers,

The Socialode Team




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