Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely or treated like you are invisible. It is a growing epidemic in the United States and within our schools. Excessive feelings of isolation can be associated with violent and suicidal behavior. In fact, one study reports that chronic loneliness increases our risk of an early death by 14%. Furthermore, young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and/or depression. As a result, many further pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development and/or choose to hurt themselves or others.
Start with Hello teaches students, grades 2-12, the skills they need to reach out to and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation and create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school or youth organization.
- The best part is that the program is free and very easy to implement.
What Start With Hello Week is all about
During the week of February 5 – 9, schools and youth organizations from across the country are encouraged to participate in Start With Hello Week. Start With Hello Week raises awareness and educates students and the community through Start With Hello trainings, advertising, activities, public proclamations, media events, contests, and awards. Hundreds of schools across the country will participate and take part in activities throughout the week that aim to build connectedness and combat social isolation.
To sign up your school or youth organization to participate in Start With Hello Week, February 5 - 9, please visit: http://www.sandyhookpromise.org/startwithhelloweek.
More About Sandy Hook Promise
Start With Hello Week is an initiative of Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization led by several family members who lost loved ones at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012. Based in Newtown, Connecticut, SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens by teaching youth and adults how to recognize the signs, intervene and get help for individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others. For more information on Sandy Hook Promise, please visit: www.sandyhookpromise.org