Mental Health & Community Well-Being: An Urgent Area of Focus
Our nation is in a state of significant turmoil and grief. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our sense of safety and normalcy, and in less than a year it became the third leading cause of death in America. Amidst these circumstances, we’ve been confronted with devastating killings resulting from systemic racism. These tragedies have been set against unprecedented political and social divisions that have put our communities’ well-being under alarming distress. As a result, Americans are increasingly struggling with anxiety and depression, and isolation and loneliness have grown exponentially.
However, a growing body of research demonstrates that creative expression and the arts offer unparalleled ability to meet this moment and unite people. The arts engage, inspire, and connect us. With evidence-based strategies, we help communities apply public health programs that use creativity and connection to improve health outlooks and outcomes.
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Dr. Jeremy Nobel’s life work is dedicated to healing – as a physician and faculty member of the Harvard Medical School, in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, the list of achievements relative to his medical career is long.
He is also dedicated to the healing of soul and spirit, as the Founder and President of the Foundation for Art & Healing (FAH), a nonprofit based in Boston, where Nobel, 66, lives. It explores the connection between the two elements of healing and art, and raises awareness about points of connectivity. Loneliness and isolation, and the impact not only on individuals, but on society in general, are also areas of focus.
Loneliness is not just a quality of life issue but impacts an individual’s productivity and performance in the workplace, panelists noted during an American Health Policy Institute webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on loneliness and employee wellness.
Contrary to popular belief, happiness during the holiday season ranks at a meager average for most. With expectations high for joy and cheer, we tend to be more impacted by daily annoyances and are disappointed when events don’t go as we imagine. However, research reveals occasional, dramatic jumps in happiness during the holidays that point to a fundamental source: togetherness. Small acts of family traditions, gathering with loved ones, and giving to others multiply happiness many-fold.
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