Dr. Jeremy Nobel is faculty of The Harvard School of Public Health, and is the Founder and President of the Foundation for Art and Healing: whose mission is to explore the fundamental connection between art and the healing process.
In our meeting, Jeremy asked me what I think the biggest threat to public health is:
“Climate Change” I said
“Thats a very common answer,” Jeremy replied.
“Another common response is metabolic-syndrome diseases… (type 2 diabetes, heart disease, etc.)
But I disagree…
“The biggest threat to #publichealth
Dr. Jeremy Nobel MD, MPH.
Though our meeting was the anti-thesis to loneliness, Jeremy’s comment was startlingly on point.
Let’s look at the numbers:
It has been estimated that by the year 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of disability throughout the world.
Depression and Diabetes:
Evidence has shown that mental disorders, especially depressive disorders, are strongly related to the occurrence, successful treatment, and course of many chronic diseases including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and obesityand many risk behaviors for chronic disease
Pretty startling, isn’t it.
As I think of my own journey and difficulty in finding stability of connection, I wonder:
what role did loneliness play in my attempted suicide and experience of depression, and how did the state of feeling alone interweave itself into and around my feelings of isolation?
What is the choreography of the spiraling dance that loneliness and depression plays on our inner life?
And most importantly: Can we break that cycle?
I leave you with that question, lightened by that silly photo above.
But I also leave you with this:
Change and transformation is possible.
I know, because I’ve gone through it, and seen others emerge out that door as well.
Help us help others open the door to Healing.