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Hello, How Are You is a campaign that encompasses two council initiatives the Council Initiative on Urban Isolation and Mental Health and the Council Initiative on Seniors. Hello, How Are You? encourages Edmontonians to get connected to their communities to help prevent social isolation. Isolation can have an negative effect on mental health and is increasingly impacting our senior population in Edmonton. Increasing awareness and understanding around senior loneliness is a part of the Senior City Council Initiative.

Urban Isolation and Mental Health Council Initiative

The Urban Isolation and Mental Health Council Initiative aims to:

  • Raise awareness about social isolation and its negative effect on mental health
  • Motivate Edmontonians to create a more connected, healthy city
  • Assist citizens in learning to identify and support neighbours, co-workers, friends and family that may be suffering from mental health concerns

Senior Council Initiative

The Senior Council Initiative aims to:

  • Raise awareness and enhance supports about loneliness and social isolation among seniors
  • Support and enhance the current work of the City of Edmonton and Edmonton's senior-serving sector through Age Friendly Edmonton initiatives and other projects
  • Address needs in other priority areas including housing, financial elder abuse, inter-generational programs, and cultural diversity
Increasing socially connectivity and a sense of belonging in our communities creates a healthier and friendlier Edmonton.
Loneliness and isolation are overlooked problems for those already dealing with mental and physical challenges as they age.
The City of Edmonton has several resources available to individuals who are seeking help or looking for someone to talk to.

Buddy Benches will be placed in Edmonton neighbourhoods as a pilot project to help turn strangers into neighbours.

For More Information

Zanette Frost




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