Understanding the Effects of Social Isolation on Mental Health

Tulane University, December 2020.

This article defines social isolation and its effects on human beings. It also provides tips to prevent social isolation.


definitions, factors that negatively impact mental and physical health, coping strategies, links to resources

Best For

congregants and care teams



Suggested Uses

  • Prepare leaders and care teams to mitigate the effects of social isolation by sharing this information.
  • Discuss as a leadership team to be informed and then plan to address social isolation in your congregation.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

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