Social connections comprise the people we know, the friends we confide in, the family we belong to and the community we live in. Each contributes to our physical and mental health in a variety of ways. This summary of learnings and implications is based on recent published research examining participation and social connection. It focuses on the importance of social inclusion, social support through supportive relationships, social participation, social networks, social/community cohesion and civic engagement.
Opportunities for social connection