400 Friends and No One to Call



Social Sciences

Val Walker

Central Recovery Press

Language of origin

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6 x 9
240 pages

Breaking through Isolation and Building Community

A friendly, candid, and sensible guide for seeking comfort during isolating times when you have no one to count on.

Val Walker has woven into the narrative her own story as a single, fifty-eight-year-old woman who found herself stranded after major surgery. As a well-established rehabilitation counselor, she was too embarrassed to reveal on social media how utterly isolated she was by asking for someone to help, and it felt agonizingly awkward calling colleagues out of the blue. As she recovered, Val found her voice and developed a plan of action for people who lack social support, not only to heal from the pain of isolation, but to create a solid strategy for rebuilding support. 400 Friends and No One to Call spells out the how-tos for befriending our wider community, building a social safety net, and fostering our sense of belonging. On a deeper level, we are invited to befriend our loneliness, rather than feel ashamed of it, and open our hearts and minds to others trapped in isolation.

Val Walker

VAL WALKER is the author of The Art of Comforting: What to Say and Do for Others in Distress (Penguin/Random House, 2010). Educated in the field of counseling, with a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University, Val has followed her passion for comforting others since facilitating her first support group in 1993. As a grief consultant, speaker, and author, she deeply believes in breaking through the barriers that isolate us by building our confidence as well as our communities.
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