Alone…For So Long.

We are helping those who have been separated from their friends and families connect through stories.

Who Is The Program For?

This program is for people who are more at risk for Covid-19, this keeping them isolated at higher rates (People with developmental differences, Elderly adults with reduced cogitative -function and other underlying health conditions, people with mental illness who are at higher risks of depression by isolation)

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Background.

According to the World Health Organization, “…the pandemic is increasing demand for mental health services. Bereavement, isolation, loss of income and fear are triggering mental health conditions or exacerbating existing ones”. In addition, the CDC writes “Adults with disabilities are more likely to have an underlying medical condition that may put them at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19…having a disability may make it harder to practice social distancing, wear a mask, and practice hand hygiene.” With all of this information in mind, Story Chain knows that mental health support right now is more important than ever. Having a stable living environment and connecting to the community are some of the ways to combat depression and isolation struggles, but due to Covid-19, this is more difficult than ever. With Story Chain, participants are given books and an mp3 player with an audiobook that is their own. That they can have it and rely on it. Not only could this help stabilize their environment, but the act of recording the book by community members helps everyone involved know that they are not alone and that people are working together to support each other. In addition, audiobooks provide a healthy and short-term escape to give participants relief. They can be whisked off on adventures while still staying safe in their own home.