Is connecting the key to good mental health?

Connection. What does it mean? Why do we need it? And why do we think it’s so important?

There are thousands of reasons we could list here, but instead, we are going to focus on just one; mental health.

When connections to those around us are severed, or simply never formed, our mental health suffers. Why? Because despite being surrounded by people, our lack of connection to them makes us feel alone, and loneliness has been linked to increased incidences of depression and anxiety.

At Brunslea Park we are well known for passionately advocating for improved mental wellbeing, and the main way we see this occurring is by fostering connections with those around us. By making friends, talking, sharing, and living a life that is connected to others.

And this can start right here in the community, on the streets of Brunslea Park. A simply smile, a wave to a neighbour, a “hello” or “how are you” will not only significantly bolster your emotional wellbeing, but that of the person you connect with.

Too often we underestimate the power of a simple smile or wave, but we feel this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh sums it up pretty well:

“It’s crazy how just smiling at someone or the smallest gesture of kindness can make someone’s day. Be that person. Make someone’s day.”

Sharing your joy and a smile with someone you pass in Brunslea Park also has flow on effects for the entire community. When we are familiar with those around us, we are far more likely to trust them, and thus we feel safer.

We recognise that while these tools to connect with and talk to those around you are beneficial for ongoing mental health, often it is hard for individuals to speak about what they are feeling. This is why we created our Embrace Mental Health Meet Ups. We encourage everyone to attend the events, which take place on the first Thursday of every month at Romano’ Hotel.

You can connect with us on the Embrace Facebook page HERE for more information.

Cristy Houghton