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

Recommended Audience

congregants and care teams



Practical Applications

  • 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 and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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