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Arizona Department Of Health Service Launches Awareness Campaign On Effects Of Social Isolation

With the pandemic forcing people into isolation, the Arizona Department of Health Services has launched a public awareness campaign about the effects of social connection on mental and physical health.

The "Start a Conversation" campaign includes advertisements on social media and an informational website.

Dr. Cara Christ is the director of the Arizona Department of Health services and shared more about what this campaign's purpose is. 

“We know that loneliness can have health effects, including depression. And what we want to encourage Arizonans to do is that everyone feels lonely at times and so we want to encourage Arizonans to start a conversation and to connect with people in order to become socially connected.” 

Christ continues to encourage the community to visit the website and learn more about how to help those who struggle with social isolation.

Thalia Lopez is an intern at KJZZ and entering her final year at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Lopez is studying broadcast journalism with a minor in theater.Growing up in Arizona, Lopez has become familiar with the different cultures that spread across the state and has developed a love for connecting with the community.When off the clock, Lopez enjoys advancing her acting skills, finding new ways to improve her health and watching movies with her friends and family.