Connectedness is an important protective factor that can reduce the likelihood of a variety of health risk behaviors. Connectedness refers to a sense of being cared for, supported, and belonging. Connectedness can be centered on feeling connected to school, family (i.e. parents and caregivers), colleagues, community, and other important people and organizations in one’s lives.

People who feel connected are less likely to experience negative health outcomes related to sexual risksubstance use, violence, and mental health. Connectedness speaks of the things that bind people together, whether at a moment in time, at specific place, or more deeply in a way that is not dependent on external variables. Social connection has been found to be a key to promoting one’s social and emotional health, mental health, physical health, happiness, and overall wellness. Learn more about connectedness here.

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