Mental Health Experts Recommend Regularly Planned Calls With Loved Ones

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A mountain of research shows social isolation contributes to bad health; both physical and mental. During the ongoing widespread lockdowns, experts say staying connected with family and friends is essential for maintaining good mental health.

Medical Director of the Benson Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital Dr. Darshan Mehta is a proponent of physical distancing with social connection. He told WBZ NewsRadio he recommends regular communication with family and friends - the more scheduled, the better.

"Having predictable scheduled communication time is very helpful," said Dr. Mehta. "In a time when there is tremendous uncertainly, the more things that are predictable is actually helpful."

Dr. Mehta said organizing regular contact allows "a sense of routine during what is now a chaotic time."

WBZ NewsRadio's Kendall Buhl (@KBuhlWBZ) reports:

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