Connection is Prevention
SOCIAL CONNECTIONS help families stay strong, get through the hard times, and provide emotional support. Parents need friends. Having social connections you can rely on is important for every family. This doesn’t mean that you have to have hundreds of people in your life—just a few people to lean on, learn from, and laugh with.
There are many actions you can take to build social connections:
Be a volunteer
Host a get-together & have your guests bring a friend.
Participate in family and neighborhood activities like potluck dinners, picnics, or community get-togethers
Join an activity at your local childcare or Family Resource Center
Visit your child’s school resource fairs or attend a parent group meeting
Spend time with people who make you feel good and distance yourself from people who tear you down. Be sure to include people whom you trust to tell you the truth. Having a clear-eyed and compassionate go-to team keeps you positive by contributing to you growing stronger, healthier, and more aware.