Social isolation happens when someone feels alone or left out. They are very quiet, often by themselves, and they might have a hard time making friends.
It can happen if someone is uncomfortable in groups. They might avoid group activities and have a hard time fitting in. It happens if someone is left out by their peers or friends – whether it is done purposely or accidentally.
It can happen in the classroom, on the bus, in the cafeteria, at special events, during breaks when groups are gathering, and many more places. Adults, it happens in the workplace, too.
Isolation makes people feel lonely and sad. This problem belongs to everyone…you and me. Together we can do something about it. We, me, you, can make a difference in someone’s life. Every one of us, at one time, has felt what it is to be alone, left out.
Will you be the difference? Be the one who reaches out to someone who is feeling alone and isolated. With your genuine act of kindness, a person will know and feel, “I am not alone.”
Real World Reflection: • What is one thing you might do to help someone who is feeling isolated? • How do you think the person would feel if you tried to make them feel less lonely? Why? • You don’t have to help someone who is socially isolated, so why should you
You are the message. Your demeanor, non-verbals, words and actions create your message. Be the message for others to see your leadership…your courage…your care for others.