This fall, partners in the Child & Youth Health Network are exploring ‘connectedness’ as the overarching population-level outcome to improve the mental & physical health of children & youth in our community. It turns out that connectedness & belonging is an emerging theme for others who are concerned about well-being, as it it is also the subject of the Community Foundations of Canada 2015 Vital Signs Report.
2015 Vital Signs
- We are healthier. Belonging to social groups and networks is as important to our health as diet and exercise. People with strong support networks tend to have a lower prevalence of mental illness and better overall physical health.
- Extensive support networks provide better opportunities for sustained and secure employment.
- Children learn better. Belonging is a key element in the curriculum for early childhood education across Canada.
- Life has more purpose. When people have a stronger sense of belonging, they perceive life to be more meaningful.