|Re: Social connectedness campaign||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Hans Tilstra (tilstrasmartchat.net.au)|
|Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001 17:42:02 -0600 (MDT)|
One of the more elusive but valuable contributions of cohousing is the potential for well being. In today's paper, the State government here acknowledged the importance of social connectedness. "A 30-year investment in the social, emotional and spiritual well-being of Victorians begins today with a public health campaign spearheaded by a $420,000 media blitz. VicHealth, funded by the Victorian State Government http://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/whats/wedobetter.htm), will run advertisements about the benefits of social connectedness, economic participation and freedom from discrimination and violence, reminiscent of public health messages about smoking and AIDS awareness. Among the first of its kind in the world, the campaign will include warnings such as, "Hostility can harm you", and "Dramas do damage". It makes explicit links between hostility, stress and serious physical illness, and says social isolation can significantly weaken the immune system. The long-term investment in mental health includes the creation of a centre for mental health research, to be funded for 10 years, and a statewide network of organisations to promote mental health by running local programs. VicHealth chief executive Rob Moodie said the foundation had drawn on research that found socially isolated people died at two or three times the rate of people with a network of relationships." C. SALTAU (12 June 2001 ) "Blitz on for mental health" http://www.theage.com.au _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
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