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Take the Surgeon General’s 5‑for‑5 Connection Challenge

The U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy is challenging YOU to take the “5-for-5 Connection Challenge” as a way to build and strengthen your own relationships and inspire others to incorporate connection in their daily lives!

5 Actions for 5 Days

  1. Step 1: Commit to connect

    Pick 5 actions and 5 days in a row to connect with people in your life.

  2. Step 2: Connect each day for 5 days

    Each day, take 1 simple action of your choice to express gratitude, offer support, or ask for help. For more ideas, see the card deck below.

Inspire More Connection

Step 3: Reflect and share.

Take a moment. How did connecting make you feel?

Let your loved ones know about your experience and invite them to join in! Use #MadeToConnect on social media and share this link.

We're eager to hear your stories, too. Email us at so we can learn & share your stories to inspire more connection.

5-for-5 Connection Stories

There are many ways to connect. Here are some ways 5-for-5 Challenge participants are choosing to connect with themselves and others, using actions from the Made to Connect Card Deck.

The Surgeon General’s 5-for-5 Connection Challenge builds on the Surgeon General’s Advisory on Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation and the success of his recent “We Are Made to Connect” Tour.

“We Are Made To Connect” Tour

Recognizing the significant challenges that loneliness, social isolation, and mental health pose to college-aged Americans, the Surgeon General recently visited university campuses to talk about the importance of social connection and youth mental health.

Joined By Active Minds & MTV

A.S.K. – Acknowledge, Support, Keep-in Touch is a new framework for emotional support from MTV and Active Minds that will help you learn what you need to know to support your friends, family, colleagues, and anybody in your life when they need you.

Events in collaboration with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s College Connection Tour will feature a DIY bracelet-making station, giveaways, and a photo op with the A.S.K. art installation. Stop by on your way to class or plan a time to come with a friend. Because the best way to help is to A.S.K.

Thank you to the following organizations and schools for taking on the 5-for-5 Connection Challenge. We are grateful for your commitment to strengthening relationships and building strong communities across the country.

  • Act to Change
  • American Pharmacists Association
  • Arizona State University
  • Coalition to End Social Isolation & Loneliness
  • Foundation for Social Connection
  • Hampton University
  • Lemons by Tay
  • MTV
  • MusiCares
  • NAMI
  • National PTA
  • NCAA
  • NASA
  • North Central College
  • Only 7 Seconds
  • Sloane Stephens Foundation
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington
  • The Asian American Foundation
  • The UnLonely Project
  • Your Mom Cares
  • YMCA
  • YWCA

Why Does Social Connection Matter?

Social connection is as essential to our long-term survival as food and water. But today, our epidemic of loneliness is more widespread than other major health issues in the U.S. Social connection is a powerful way to improve our physical and mental health.

What Can I Do Next?

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