Thriving in safe and supportive housing is not just about having a roof over your head. It’s also about feeling connected to your community and having a sense of belonging. This week, as part of our Mental Health Awareness Month campaign, we’re focusing on the importance of community connections for mental health. Here are 7 tips to help you connect with your local community and improve your mental wellbeing.
Building community connections is crucial for mental health. Here are seven tips for low-income individuals to connect with their local community.
Tip 1: Volunteer
Community service is a great way to give back and feel connected to your community. Find a local organization that aligns with your interests and skills, and volunteer your time. Not only will you be helping others, but you’ll also meet new people and expand your social circle.
Check out Volunteer Arlington to find local volunteer opportunities that match your interests.
Tip 2: Join a Club or Group
Whether it’s a book club, a hiking group, or a support group, joining a club or group can be a great way to connect with like-minded individuals. Check out local community centers or search for groups on social media to find a group that suits your interests.
Find local groups and events on Meetup. Find a support group near you on the Mental Health America website.
Tip 3: Attend Community Events
Community events, such as farmers’ markets, fairs, and concerts, are great opportunities to connect with your community and meet new people. Check out local event listings to find events in your area.
Check out Eventbrite and ArlNow to find events happening near you.
Tip 4: Take a Class
Learning a new skill can be a great way to meet new people and expand your social circle. Take a class at a local community college or check out online courses to find a class that interests you.
Check out the free classes offered by Arlington Public Library or Arlington Community Centers.
Tip 5: Join a Religious or Spiritual Community
If you’re religious or spiritual, joining a community can be a great way to feel connected to others who share your beliefs. Attend services or events at a local church, mosque, or temple to meet new people and connect with your community.
Find religious or spiritual communities in your area at Beliefnet.
Tip 6: Connect with Neighbors
Getting to know your neighbors can be a great way to feel connected to your community and create a sense of belonging. Attend neighborhood events or start a conversation with a neighbor next time you see them outside.
Learn how to connect with your neighbors at Nextdoor.
Tip 7: Seek Professional Help
If you’re struggling with your mental health and finding it hard to connect with your community, seeking professional help may be beneficial. A mental health professional can help you develop coping skills and strategies to improve your social connections and overall mental wellbeing.
Find mental health resources in your area at Arlington County Mental Health website.
Building community connections takes time and effort, but it’s worth it for your mental health and wellbeing. Try out one or more of these tips this week to start feeling more connected to your local community. Remember, you’re not alone in your journey to thrive in safe and supportive housing.
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