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The Loneliness Epidemic: How Disconnection Contributes to Men's Mental Health Crisis
Listen here to the recording discussion from the latest Catholic Manhood Discussions. May 6, 2024 we talked about how the the Surgeon General says there is an epidemic of male loneliness. 
By Frank J Casella

The Loneliness Epidemic: How Disconnection Contributes to Men's Mental Health Crisis


Men are experiencing a mental health crisis, with higher rates of suicide and addiction than ever before. But what's causing this alarming trend? While there are many factors at play, one major contributor is loneliness.


I. The Importance of Connection


* Human beings are wired for connection and communion with others.
* Lack of companionship can lead to mental disorders.
* Genesis 2:18 reminds us that "it is not good for the man to be alone."


II. The Breakdown of the Family


* The decline of multi-generational families living by eath other and the breakdown of the nuclear family has led to isolation.
* Men are spending less time with friends and family, leading to a lack of connection.


III. The Impact of Broken Attachments


* Eye contact from birth provides a profound sense of connection.
* The breakdown of the family has led to wounded attachments, which can contribute to a number of disorders.


IV. The Tension between Individualism and Belonging


* American culture values individualism and personal choice, but Catholic social teaching calls us to belong to something bigger than ourselves.
* We are each called to be part of a family, a church, and the mystical body.


The loneliness epidemic is a complex issue, but one thing is clear: human connection is essential for mental health. By prioritizing relationships and building strong connections with others, we can help address the mental health crisis among men.

Recently in his Mass homily at Holy Name Cathedral, Rev. Louis Cameli shared how loneliness is a growing problem in today's disconnected world. With increasing isolation through electronics and family separation, connection is more important than ever for well-being. He says that Jesus calls us to remain in him to find purpose and overcome feelings of a stalled life. By opening ourselves to growth through obedience to God's commandments and participation in the Eucharist, we tap into divine life as branches on the vine. Then we can stay connected to God and each other, progress in our spiritual journey, and bear fruit that makes a difference in this world. True purpose and fulfillment come from living as part of Christ's body through faith and communion with him.




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The CMCS Mission: Catholic Men Chicago Southland (CMCS) is engaged in fostering holy and courageous men and proclaiming the importance of husbands and fathers to children and the family. CMCS is a Catholic Apostolate of Interim Vicar Fr. Larry Sullivan, founded in 2004 by Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, Deacon John Rangel, and Mr. Frank J Casella.
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