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May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and this year's theme is Where to Start: Mental Health in a Changing World. Thanks to MHA and NAMI for many of these resources. And remember, if you're in crisis, please contact the 988 Lifeline immediately.


Social Wellness

Social Wellness--What Does It Mean?

Just like physical, psychological, and emotional health, social wellness plays a major role in your overall wellbeing. To be socially well means to nurture yourself and cultivate healthy relationships among family, friends, and co-workers. It also means giving and receiving social support so that when you are walking through a challenging time in your life, or even during a crisis, you have a strong support network.

According the the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota, there are three types of social support:

  • Emotional (sometimes called non-tangible) support refers to the actions people take to make someone else feel cared for.
  • Instrumental support refers to the physical, such as money and housekeeping.
  • Informational support means providing information to help someone.

The Bakken Center also reports that social wellness is important because "healthy relationships are a vital component of health. The health risks from being alone or isolated in one's life are comparable to those associated with cigarette smoking, blood pressure, and obesity."

Impact Communities offers a wide range of activities and programs for children and adults to help with all types of wellness. For more information, contact Wendy Luo, Health & Wellness Project Manager,

See DPR Promotes Social Wellness Month



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Other Sources of Information

University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing

University of New Hampshire