How to...Combat Loneliness
Young Quallies Chat Series: How to Navigate These Worrying Times
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Presented by: Susan Fader, Fader & Associates
How are you feeling today?
Are you feeling lonely?
We get it.
You might think that you shouldn't feel lonely because today alone you've been on a video call with your co-workers, talked with a family member over the phone and text messaged with several friends. But with our lives currently upended as they are with social distancing and quarantining, it can be easier nowadays to feel lonely.
Why? Because we erroneously think we're having quality social interactions when we're on that video call with co-workers, when that is work, not play. We're talking with our friends and family over the phone, but we are not interacting with them so you might not come away with as many 'happy feels' as you would have ordinarily. When you think about it, in our lives pre-coronavirus, we had millions of social interactions in a week (we may be exaggerating but you get the point).
Join other students and young professionals in a short, lively 30-minute conversation moderated by long time QRCA member and original thinker Susan Fader to discuss and brainstorm how to, within today's current limitations, create truer, more fulfilling social interactions to combat loneliness. We promise you'll leave this session with a smile on your face!
There's no shame in feeling lonely or anxious. Not everyone will find social distancing and self-isolation easy. Social support is a proven protective factor for suicidal ideation and behavior, so please reach out to anyone you're concerned about. Below please find resources if you or someone you know needs help.
- The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has compiled specific resources to support mental health and coping with the coronavirus
- If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time day or night, or chat online
- Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they dial 741741 (US), 686868 (Canada) or 85258 (UK).
- Not in the US, Canada or UK? WhatsApp has compiled a country-by-country list of numbers and resources here.
About Susan Fader
Susan Fader, Fader & Associates
Susan Fader is an Insight Generator/Strategist/Qualitative Researcher/Moderator who uses creative qualitative engagement techniques to help transform businesses and to get clients unstuck. She's a known thought leader in reframing how to think about strategic challenges and opportunities; and injecting innovative research approaches. A top-rated presenter at innovation, marketing, market research and business conferences around the world on outside-of-the-the box thinking, Susan has also written for and been quoted in multiple industry publications. Topics have included gamification mindset, narrative economics, storytelling as input and counterintuitive thinking.
Prior to starting her own business, Fader & Associates, Susan was a General Foods product manager, an Interpublic Group account supervisor and, in Japan, a marketing consultant.
When she's not designing and fielding qualitative research, you'll find her being the stocker on tandem bicycle multi-day camping trips, travelling the world with her husband, and a long-time Burning Man attendee.
About QRCA Young Quallies
QRCA Young Quallies is a community of students and young pros aged 35 and younger whose studies or job involves qualitative research whether as a moderator or recruiter, agency brand strategist or client-side user researcher, semiotician or anthropology grad student.
Find additional sessions of the 'How to Navigate These Worrying Times' chat series as well as other resources at https://www.qrca.org/page/young-quallies.
QRCA is a global association dedicated to advancing the impact of qualitative research and all who practice it whether you're a moderator or recruiter, agency brand strategist or client-side user researcher, semiotician or anthropology grad student. Learn more at QRCA.org.
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