“Walk & Talk to End Social Isolation” is a public, annual event. During October, you can walk on your own or in small groups, following social distancing guidelines. We will invite you to post pictures, stories, and memories of your walk on social media, using our hashtag. The event will end with an online celebration where speakers will share stories of their own to inform and inspire those who are struggling with, and overcoming loneliness and social isolation.
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The impact of social isolation and loneliness on mental and physical health was significant even before Covid-19 mandated social distancing. Now 54% of Canadians report feeling isolated. The issue reflected in a multitude of recent media stories. The long-term effect is often hidden, but it can manifest in the person through fatigue, irritability and sometimes lack of productivity.