5onthe5 2021: Will you BE THE ONE?
5onthe5 is a mental health initiative to encourage 5 personal connections on May 5. It was created to be a day for us all to celebrate the importance of human connections. The goal is to impact people that may be feeling isolated or lonely allowing them to feel seen and heard.
To remind those we love that we're here - and we care.
The year's theme is BE THE ONE. Why? It's simple.
Robin Roberts once said, "Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As momma always said, "Everybody's got something."
This May 5 - Will YOU be the ONE they need?
Dr. Holt-Lunstad, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, recently published new research proving that social isolation & loneliness are risk factors for early mortality.
Her research shows that loneliness is just as lethal as smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day. "We need to recognize that loneliness is a health issue," Holt-Lunstad said. "It isn't just about our emotional well-being ... it's also medical."
The profound sense of loneliness and social isolation that so many are still experiencing is why 5onthe5 exists.
1. On May 5, 5onthe5 participants will call 5 people, ask them "How are you feeling?", and then they'll just listen.
2. At the end of each phone call, the caller will ask the person they're speaking with if they will commit to calling 5 people of their own, and then those 5 people call 5 people...and so on and so on.
3. After you've made your 5 phone calls, you post a #5onthe5 selfie on social media.