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There are 4 comments on Combating Loneliness and Creating Healthy Relationships

  1. As a psychology student at Boston University, I find it both remarkable and crucial that the university’s CPR is working to combat the epidemic of loneliness through its many programmes, particularly NITEO and the Healthy Relationships curriculum. The creative method of fusing mental health with academic skill development is a comprehensive approach that recognises the complexity of students’ experiences in the contemporary world. The Healthy Relationships curriculum deserves praise for its ability to adjust to the needs of various populations and for emphasising meaningful connections.
    From a psychological perspective, such programmes are not only advantageous but also required to promote resilience and wellbeing in our university communities. Students’ mental health is seriously threatened by the pandemic-exacerbated loneliness epidemic, and initiatives like these offer hope and serve as a model for other educational institutions.
    Furthermore, I really connect with the recognition of the value of belonging and community. It is consistent with psychological knowledge that relationships have a significant impact on our mental health and that humans are social animals at their core. I’m interested to watch how these initiatives develop and what effects they will have down the road on the welfare of the students.

  2. I can relate to situations mentioned in this article. It’s very easy to feel lonely especially at a big university such as BU and for someone living off campus(which means further away from the campus). Also, because of prevailing online social platforms such as Instagram and TikTok, especially we-Gen Z- are get used to online communication and onlice social connections. The extreme addiction to the virtual world decreases the chances for us to get involve into ‘actual’ social connections and as a result, I think a lot of young people now are not good and super confident at building social connections.

    Therefore, I do appreciate that BU initiates relevant programs such as NITEO to help us learn the interpersonal skills. However, I think BU can do more personally. For example, instead of teaching how to build healthy relationships in general, NITEO can provide more 1:1 meeting to help each student on building healthy relationships. Because social connections are more personal things and different people may encounter different situations, so it’s better to discuss them case by case.

  3. As an international student at Boston University, I deeply appreciate that our university is putting in effort to address mental health challenges like loneliness. Loneliness is the significant mental issue that disturbed me for the first two years of college. I needed to face a new cultural and adjust to the new academic environment which made me feel really lonely. This program can be especially helpful for international students who are ‘fresh off the boat’, because it provide a support system that help them to navigate their new surroundings and build the sense of community and belonging.

    From my personal experiences, the loneliness of being an international student can become overwhelming sometimes. Programs like this can help us to build new connections and provide us a sense of belonging. Furthermore, the success of this program largely depends on its visibility and accessibility to the students who really need it. Therefore, I strongly recommend the university to strongly promote it via different channels. School can also incorporate peer mentorship programs where senior international students guide the freshman to the new environment.

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