Registered Psychologist, Dr. David Worling will present his research and thoughts on this topic.
Center for Disease Control, and the World Health organization are increasingly identifying Loneliness as a health hazard, as dangerous as smoking or alcoholism, according to some research. In contrast, having a strong social circle is associated with a longer life and fewer illnesses. “People with strong social networks are less stressed, more resilient and more optimistic.” They also are more likely to have a healthy weight, and enjoy some protection from cancer, heart disease and depression. (BBC Science Focus #383)” Apparently, men are missing out on these benefits! An American YouGov poll in 2019 concluded that 1 in 5 men have no close friends, twice as many as woman. While loneliness is not a consequence of gender, there are reasons why men are significantly more impacted. Dr. Worling will talk about these statistics, the social/cultural factors that increase loneliness for men, and how to reduce it.
In 2003, Dr. Worling founded Westcoast Child development Group, and later, Spectrum Works Consulting, specifically to support autistic adults with co-occurring mental health condition.
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Event time is in Vancouver BC time.