Is Finding A Community To Belong To Better For Your Mental Health?

Hi Friends,

After growing the twitch and other social media channels, I definitely feel less alone with suffering from mental illness. Time and time again I've seen articles about how family, company,  community, and a close-knit circle of friends help people suffering from any long-term ailment make their issues more manageable.  After finding so much information in our daily media, I wanted to see what science had to say.

Due to the nature of the theme, I ended up having a great, welcome and warm discussion with my viewers live, so I hope you get to enjoy the full episode I linked to below.

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Thank you for being part of my community and thank you for helping to #bethelight




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College students from rural hometowns report experiences of psychological sense of community and isolation. By: Walker, Bethany L., Raval, Vaishali V., Journal of Rural Mental Health, 1935942X, 2017 Vol. 41, Issue 1

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