Loneliness is as Lethal as Smoking 15 Cigarettes per Day.

It is one of today's major public health crises affecting 30% of us. We're showing how creative expression can help in a number of ways.

This is The UnLonely Project

Loneliness is as Lethal as Smoking 15 Cigarettes per Day.

It is one of today's major public health crises affecting 30% of us. We're showing how creative expression can help in a number of ways.

Explore The UnLonely Project

Watch on April 24th as Kate Snow Reports on the UnLonely Project!

Watch on April 24th!

Kate Snow Reports on the UnLonely Project.

Coming Soon!

The Second Annual UnLonely Film Festival and Conference will share diverse, inspiring stories of those who have found ways to move forward through the challenges of loneliness and isolation. It’s invitation to appreciate and benefit from the power of creative expression that can bring us together in challenging times.

Coming Soon!

The Second Annual UnLonely Film Festival and Conference will share diverse, inspiring stories of those who have found ways to move forward through the challenges of loneliness and isolation. It’s invitation to appreciate and benefit from the power of creative expression that can bring us together in challenging times.

The First Annual

We challenged filmmakers to share stories spotlighting the impact of loneliness and isolation in our seemingly hyperconnected world. How many of us haven’t felt lonely at one point or another in our lives? And how many of us haven’t felt just a little bit better—and less alone—by realizing how others struggle with these feelings and social situations? Through the films we’ve curated here, you’ll find that’s the beauty and the healing power of art. You’ll discover what being UnLonely and creatively connected is all about.

The First Annual

We challenged filmmakers to share stories spotlighting the impact of loneliness and isolation in our seemingly hyperconnected world. How many of us haven’t felt lonely at one point or another in our lives? And how many of us haven’t felt just a little bit better—and less alone—by realizing how others struggle with these feelings and social situations? Through the films we’ve curated here, you’ll find that’s the beauty and the healing power of art. You’ll discover what being UnLonely and creatively connected is all about.

UnLonely @ Work

Studies show that almost a third of the U.S. feels significantly lonely in their public lives, such as at their job. You might think that the hive mentality found in many workplaces would be an antidote for those experiencing episodes of loneliness. But often it actually masks the issue because individuals don’t want to appear weak or vulnerable in today’s work environments of cubicle farms and competitive jockeying for the spotlight.

UnLonely @ Work

Studies show that almost a third of the U.S. feels significantly lonely in their public lives, such as at their job. You might think that the hive mentality found in many workplaces would be an antidote for those experiencing episodes of loneliness. But often it actually masks the issue because individuals don’t want to appear weak or vulnerable in today’s work environments of cubicle farms and competitive jockeying for the spotlight.

Find Out How More Than Health is Affected:

UnLonely on Campus

Evan’s Story

College doesn’t always feel fun. It can feel incredibly lonely. Students struggle to figure out who they are, where they fit, and indeed if they fit at all. Hearing over and over that the years at college are supposed to be the best, then, is disheartening, and makes students feel like they are failing in some major way. That’s certainly how I felt.

UnLonely on Campus

Evan’s Story

College doesn’t always feel fun. It can feel incredibly lonely. Students struggle to figure out who they are, where they fit, and indeed if they fit at all. Hearing over and over that the years at college are supposed to be the best, then, is disheartening, and makes students feel like they are failing in some major way. That’s certainly how I felt.

Being UnLonely through Creative Expression

A conversation with Joseph Behen, Executive Director, Counseling, Health, and Disability Services at the School of Art Institute of Chicago and Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, President of the Foundation for Art & Healing.

A Cure for Disconnection

Featured in this month’s Psychology Today. Loneliness so insidious: It hides in plain sight and, unlike smoking or obesity, isn’t typically seen as a threat, even though it takes a greater toll on our well-being. The need for intervention is urgent, says Harvard physician and public-health researcher Jeremy Nobel. “It’s time for PSAs,” he says. “Something like ‘This is your brain. This is your brain on loneliness.’”

Can Creative Expression be Medicine?

The arts have long provided an emotional context for the human experience. Now, research is demonstrating that creative expression also contributes to better health and wellbeing.  People from all walks of life and every corner of the planet are expressing themselves through the arts—musical, performance, visual, writing, culinary—and discovering how it reduces the physical and emotional burden associated with various types of health conditions and life circumstances.

Join us as we:

  • Explore the relationship between health and creative expression through scientific research
  • Empower individuals through innovative programs and tools
  • Engage our community through shared stories of “art and healing”

Can Creative Expression be Medicine?

The arts have long provided an emotional context for the human experience. Now, research is demonstrating that creative expression also contributes to better health and wellbeing.  People from all walks of life and every corner of the planet are expressing themselves through the arts—musical, performance, visual, writing, culinary—and discovering how it reduces the physical and emotional burden associated with various types of health conditions and life circumstances.

Join us as we:

  • Explore the relationship between health and creative expression through scientific research
  • Empower individuals through innovative programs and tools
  • Engage our community through shared stories of “art and healing”

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