Health Benefits Linked to the Importance of Community. This webinar is focused on the importance of community by which I mean your community of support, i.e., friends, family, and your personal relationships. We all need our own team when it comes to having fulfilling social engagements. This ‘team’ can be considered your community for which you rely on for inspiration, encouragement, good times, and help to get through trying times. Building a strong personal community can have many impacts on health, both physically and mentally. The importance of positive mental health is often overlooked. When it comes to discussions about mental health, we usually talk about conditions of poor mental health, such as depression. Positive mental health is more than the absence of poor health, and having a strong system of support plays a major role. Developing and maintaining strong, healthy relationships takes time and effort but can overall improve our stress levels and promote healthy behaviors. Did you know research has concluded that a lack of social relationships has the same effect on health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day? As I said, the importance of community on health cannot be overstated! My goal is to share with you the benefits of community on mental health, which is why I invite you to attend my next webinar, The Importance of Community, on Wednesday, March 24th at 12:00 pm CDT.