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Social Distancing is No Fun Without Inner Circle Of Friends

DBSA Chato Reaches out to his inner circle of friends - by Chato Stewart - P

We need socialization… We really do! Isolation is not healthy for anyone living with a mental health diagnosis.  I don’t need a study or a doctor to tell me isolation is bad.  To me, it is common knowledge not to isolate. I have experienced it first hand often! I don’t recommend isolation at all.  BUT, isn’t ‘Social Distancing’…just a milder form of isolation?

We have been asked and even ordered to be Social Distanced.  What can we do if we need to self-quarantine and keep Social Distancing for a while?

One way people keep social beyond the text, social media, and waving out their window:  Many are doing virtual socialization via video streaming services.  Like Facebook live, Facetime, or Skype or any number of services.

I have been going to my conversation meetings this past week via a service and it has been a highlight of my day just seeing my friends and loved ones.  Maybe, this is something you can try if you’re not already doing it. Video conferencing or video chatting is nothing new and many are already doing it.

If you’re not on the bandwagon yet, maybe you can try it today.  Below is a few apps that might help you video chat and get that well-needed socialization and show everyone your pet. (For some reason whenever there is a lull in the conversation, someone always holds up their pet. The other day someone in my group had a rooster on their head…LOL:))

Laughter is still good medicine on and offline.

Check out some alternatives to facetime or skype for video calls.

Zoom brings teams together to get more done in a frictionless environment. Zoom’s reliable, video-first unified communications platform provides video meetings, voice, webinars, and chat across desktops, phones, mobile devices, and conference systems.

Crowdcast is a live video platform for hosting webinars, livestreams, workshops, interviews and online summits.

Cisco Webex Teams
Cisco Webex Teams bring teams together instantly in spaces where you can send messages, video chat, and share files, all in one place.

GoToMeeting is a world-class video conference software that makes it easier than ever to do business effectively even if you aren’t in the same room.

Intermedia AnyMeeting
Hold online meetings and webinars to connect with sales prospects, clients and new potential leads.

Cisco Webex Meetings

Cisco Webex Meetings is the leading enterprise solution for video conferencing, online meetings, screen share, and webinars.

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Social Distancing is No Fun Without Inner Circle Of Friends

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2020). Social Distancing is No Fun Without Inner Circle Of Friends. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 24, 2020, from


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