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Boise Speed Dating, the leading dating service in Boise since 2019, is proud to announce its partnership with Alt Touch, a professional cuddling service established in 2017 (previously known as Snuggle Buddiez). Together, they are embarking on a compassionate mission to address the epidemic of loneliness, anxiety, and depression that has emerged in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic's impact on mental health has been profound, with adults across the country experiencing heightened feelings of isolation and disconnection. Extended periods of social distancing, remote work, and limited in-person interactions have exacerbated these challenges, leaving many yearning for meaningful human touch and companionship.

In May 2023, United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released a new Surgeon General Advisory calling attention to the public health crisis of loneliness, isolation, and lack of connection in our country. Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately half of U.S. adults reported experiencing measurable levels of loneliness. Disconnection fundamentally affects our mental, physical, and societal health. In fact, loneliness and isolation increase the risk for individuals to develop mental health challenges in their lives, and lacking connection can increase the risk for premature death to levels comparable to smoking daily.

As Idaho continues its path to recovery, Boise Speed Dating and Alt Touch recognize the pressing need to restore human connections and prioritize mental well-being. Cuddle therapy sessions offered by Alt Touch have shown immense promise in alleviating feelings of loneliness, reducing anxiety, and easing symptoms of depression. These sessions, conducted by certified professionals, provide a safe, non-sexual, and supportive environment for clients to experience the healing power of touch and emotional intimacy.

"Both Boise Speed Dating and Alt Touch are deeply committed to fostering connections and creating a sense of belonging within our community," said Charlotte Lindsay, the founder of Boise Speed Dating and Alt Touch. "We understand that the effects of the pandemic go beyond physical health; it has profoundly impacted mental well-being. Through our partnership, we aim to address this issue and offer holistic solutions to combat loneliness and anxiety while promoting healthy relationships."

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