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Loneliness and Belonging in College Mental Health

Published on:
September 14, 2023
In a blog for Psyche on Campus, Director of Research Katie Lewis, PhD, and Director of Riggs Remote Access IOP Spencer Biel, PsyD, discuss the importance of programs like the Austen Riggs Remote Access IOP for facilitating a sense of social connectedness and understanding.
From the blog:
"Loneliness is unavoidable. However, for people who have enjoyed safe, secure formative relationships, it tends to be bearable and temporary. In part, this is because when they are alone and stressed, they can call to mind experiences of being soothed by caring others. Further, loneliness signals a need for connection, and people who are optimistic about receiving help are more likely to reach out and to embrace what is offered."