The international campaign ”Mind the Gap” was initiated because of the terminology of “social distancing”. For many persons with psychosocial or physical disability the term only increases their social isolation further. In times of the COVID-19 pandemic safe “physical distancing” is a necessity, but the ones who are hurt most by the current crisis are those who are in need of social contacts, who are lonely, are chronically ill, are elderly without a social network, and are people with mental health problems who are often neglected, ignored and sometimes openly shunned by others. To them social distancing means that their isolation becomes even worse. We say YES to social solidarity and physical distancing, but NO to social distancing and social isolation.
The Mind the Gap Campaign in South Africa is supported by the following organizations: