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
Step 1: Commit to connect
Pick 5 actions and 5 days in a row to connect with people in your life.
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 MadeToConnect@hhs.gov 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.
University of Washington
University of Texas, Austin
Austin American-Statesman | Matthew McConaughey talks mental health with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at UT Austin
Arizona State University
Barclay's Center - Social Justice Fund
Camden County College
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. www.asktohelp.com
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
- National PTA
- 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
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?
- U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Vivek Murthy addresses our nation's loneliness & isolation crisis and the healing effects of social connectionWatch Video
- A New York Times Opinion Essay by U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, on the loneliness crisis.Read Article
- This Advisory calls attention to the critical that connection plays in individual, community, and societal health, and offers a framework for how we can all contribute to improving social connection.Read Advisory
- The Surgeon General’s Social Connection webpage focuses on how we can work together to advance social connection and improve our nation’s public health.Learn More
- This Advisory calls attention to how supporting youth mental health requires all of society and provides actionable ways to create a world where young people thrive.Read Advisory
- This Advisory describes the current evidence on the impacts of social media on the mental health of children and adolescents.Read Advisory
If you are experiencing an emergency, get immediate support (available 24/7):
The NIH (National Institutes of Health) provides 6 strategies for improving your social health. These strategies include related articles and recommended actions.
CDC (Centers For Disease Control) provides social connectedness resources to help people foster relationships that give them a sense of belonging, support, and care.
CDC’s (Centers For Disease Control) “How Right Now” platform provides a directory of resources for people experiencing loneliness.
The AARP Foundation’s Connect2Affect platform provides a network of resources that meets the needs of anyone who is isolated or lonely and helps build the social connections older adults need to thrive.