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The Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness is dedicated to building social connectedness within and between communities to overcome social isolation. We strive to foster connectedness through research, programming, partnerships and advocacy, bringing together the contributions of diverse scholars, students, advocates, and people with lived experiences.

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, we are facing ongoing challenges both locally and globally. Amidst this, the consequences of social isolation have risen to the global consciousness, and we have witnessed how many individuals and communities have been deprived of respectful relationships with our systems and institutions, resulting in a deep deficit of belonging to which all have the right.

We invite you to join us in this movement of building a society where everyone is valued, seen, and heard, and where everyone is supported in realizing their inherent right to belong.

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Hope Amidst Adversity: Gratitude and Reflections on 2021

Kim Samuel, Founder and Chief Belonging Officer of the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness, reflects on 2021.

Read the reflection here

Why a Global Disability Caucus Will Help in the Fight for Disability Inclusive Climate Justice

Social Connectedness Fellow Ellen Spannagel writes about why a global disability caucus could help in the fight for disability-inclusive climate justice at the upcoming COP26

Read Ellen’s blog here!

Raising Awareness for 12 million Girls on the International Day of the Girl Child

On International Day of the Girl Child, SCSC’s Julie Harb writes about child marriage and the impact on girls.

Read Julie’s Article Here:

Psychiatry alone won’t solve the global mental health crisis

On World Mental Health Day, Social Connectedness Fellow Simone reflects on different support measures to improve mental health.

Read Simone’s Latest Piece Here
Sangath’s youth-led mental health campaign, It’s OK to Talk, which engenders dialogue and help-seeking among India’s young people. Credit: Sangath website.