When my mother came to visit me at my wedding in 2001 it was the most special day of my life. She is after all my heroine. My mother is a strong-willed person, full of life and the most generous human being I’ve ever known. But within six months of her visit, I noticed a dramatic change both in her physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being. Continue reading
Here are some testimonials that we have received.
“When I come to see my groups I am happy. They are my friends and my family and we like each other. I am not lonely because I have friends now.”
“I lived in Vancouver for 30 plus years and for the very first time in my life I am able to go to a doctor’s specialist and ask him what medication to take for my illness. All because of the volunteers and my peers at Beyond The Conversation. They gave me courage. Thank you so much.”
Click here to read the National Post article, “Vancouver group tackles loneliness, language barriers through conversation“, which is about Beyond The Conversation.
Click here to read an article, “Lack of friends and language barrier can lead to social isolation, but this organization is trying to change that“, about Beyond The Conversation in The Star.
The Vancouver Foundation Report contains a section on loneliness (pages 8 – 10).
Did you know? 1 in 4 people feel socially isolated, and 1 in 4 will experience mental illness in their lifetimes. Join us – and take action against loneliness and social isolation.
As you may have notice anywhere you go there are more seniors than youth. This is because our population is ageing and the popularity of social media rises. Social isolation has become a growing problem. In fact, according to some researchers, social isolation may be a bigger public health threat than obesity. Loneliness has been linked to many health problems including mental illness and depression, physical illness, frequent hospital visits, malnutrition, and death. It is a prevalent threat that does not discriminate across age, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.
Because loneliness is a public health issue that requires an all-of-community approach. We need to work together.
So why we have big dreams?:
Because through awareness initiatives is when we see these issues disappearing. We want to deliver 10 awareness presentations to schools and universities in 2018, as well as opening 100 new locations for small group meet-ups by 2020.