Make your home page

Why friendships are good for mental health

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Friendships can help your mental health.

American culture often prioritizes spouses or romantic relationships to bolster their well-being, but a new report points to friends as the key.

Dr. Danielle Henderson, a clinical psychologist at IU Health, joined Daybreak on Saturday to speak about the science of why friendships keep us healthy.

“When talking to a friend it can lower your blood pressure, have benefits for your heart rate, and just give you really that sense of support when at a time some of us are still feeling really isolated and not connected with others,” Henderson said.

To learn more, watch the full interview above.