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Campus UnLonely

For young adults, college can offer self-discovery, lifelong friendships, and a better understanding of the world. This time of transition may also bring enormous social and emotional pressures, both of which are heightened as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts and reduces peer interaction. Facing unprecedented levels of loneliness, students are struggling with their health and academic performance. However, institutions can help students navigate this formative period with the Campus UnLonely initiative’s programs that inspire engagement and foster community.

Public Health Challenge

Program
Solutions

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Initiatives

Campus UnLonely

For young adults, college can offer self-discovery, lifelong friendships, and a better understanding of the world. This time of transition may also bring enormous social and emotional pressures, both of which are heightened as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts and reduces peer interaction. Facing unprecedented levels of loneliness, students are struggling with their health and academic performance. However, institutions can help students navigate this formative period with the Campus UnLonely initiative’s programs that inspire engagement and foster community.

Public Health Challenge

Program
Solutions

Our Partners
and progress

 
join us

Public Health Challenge

With record numbers of students expressing feelings of depression and loneliness in recent years, and the additional challenges resulting from distance learning, the loneliness epidemic has spread across college campuses.

“College can feel incredibly lonely. Students struggle to figure out who they are, where they fit, and indeed if they fit at all. Hearing over and over that the years at college are supposed to be the best, then, is disheartening, and makes students feel like they are failing in some major way” – Evan’s blog post

Short Film of Campus UnLonely

Through our UnLonely Film Festival, we collect short films to represent the lived experiences of loneliness in America.

Prevelance and Pervasiveness

Gen Z, or young people ages 18 to 22, are significantly more likely to be lonely than any other generation in the U.S. About 2 in 3 feel shy, feel like others don’t understand them, and feel that people around them are absent (Cigna).

Mental Health Risks

Before the pandemic, “60% of U.S. students felt ‘overwhelming’ anxiety, while 40% experienced depression so severe they had difficulty functioning… Suicidal thinking, severe depression and rates of self-injury among U.S. college students more than doubled over less than a decade” (American College Health Association).

Academic Impact

In 2019, 27% of U.S. based students reported that feelings of anxiety had caused them to achieve a lower grade on an exam or in a class, while 20% of students said that feelings of depression were the cause of worse academic performance (American College Health Association).

Program Solutions

It’s clear that additional resources and support are needed to better support students’ mental health and academic performance. Our evidenced-based programs uniquely inspire interpersonal connection and belonging through creative expression in higher education institutions.

Learn to express

Arts-based activities provide a tangible way to share with others, empowering students to learn more about themselves, each other, and their community.

Create Community

Online programs allow for an engaging way to convene students with diverse backgrounds and a range of interests to come together for active, ongoing reflection and expression.

Improve Connection

Shared experiences help to support the development of meaningful interactions between people and deepen important bonding moments.

Our Partners and Progress

Our Sponsors

The generous support of sponsors helps to scale the growth of this initiative and increase the impact we’re able to make on both national and local levels.

Our Community Partners

We partner with colleges and universities to support their student bodies’ individual and community health by offering opportunities for students to improve their attitudes and behaviors.

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Explore Our Programs

Read about our evidence-based programs that support this initiative by building community health and well-being among college students.

Sponsor this Initiative

Join us and our current sponsors to help expand this important work and increase the impact we are able to deliver across communities.