Nelson’s Kalein Centre wants to hear from socially isolated people willing to be photographed for an exhibit. Photo submitted

Nelson’s Kalein Centre wants to hear from socially isolated people willing to be photographed for an exhibit. Photo submitted

Nelson’s CLICK project seeks stories of social isolation

The Kalein Centre and Ursula Heller are working on a photo exhibit

Submitted by Kalein Centre

Are you feeling lonely or socially isolated? The Kalein Centre’s CLICK project wants to hear your story.

Social isolation and loneliness are growing worldwide (and will only be exacerbated by the social distancing measures recommended in the current pandemic). A former U.S. surgeon general has stated that social isolation is the biggest health threat facing the U.S., taking more years off one’s life than obesity. The U.K. government recently had a minister responsible for loneliness.

Are these issues local? The Kalein Centre, a non-profit Nelson-based organization, is looking for people who feel socially isolated or lonely (or those who have overcome it) to share their stories. Local photographer Ursula Heller, author and photographer of several books, is capturing black and white photographs of socially-isolated people for Kalein’s CLICK project. The project is looking for people of all ages, races and circumstances to bring light to the issue.

“By telling your story, we’re hoping to start the conversation that will break the stigma and silence around this social epidemic,” says the Kalein Centre’s Mike Stolte.

The photographs will be part of a community conversation at the Nelson Public Library in May and a Touchstones Museum exhibit in June.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the Kalein Centre at 250-352-3331 or by emailing info@KaleinHospice.org.

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