Understanding and Assessing Impacts
Climate-related impacts to mental health and wellbeing are well-documented, with eco-grief and anxiety increasing in prevalence and severity. Social isolation and feeling disconnected from the surrounding social environment can be exacerbated both by climatic impacts, but also by building and community design. Enhanced social connectedness not only improves mental health, it can help in improving disaster preparedness at the community level. Hey Neighbour seeks to increase social connections in rental multi-unit buildings: the “Hey Neighbour” pilot. The approach involved resident animators (RAs) to engage other residents in the building and explore ways they can enlist their socio-cultural assets to help foster neighbourliness. Intergenerational residents paired up in each building, and received support from the project coordinator. Other key actors involved in the pilot project aside from the project team include residents, and property management staff.