The evidence is clear: community conditions impact mental and behavioral health. Yet, too often, solutions are solely focused on access to clinical and addiction services. In support of preventing mental health problems like depression, trauma-related disorders, and substance misuse, PI has emphasized community-driven approaches that transform the community conditions associated with mental health and wellbeing. Through the Making Connections initiative, a partnership of PI, The Movember Foundation, University of South Florida, and 14 communities across the US, we are working with rural, urban, and suburban communities to implement strategies that strengthen protective factors, including social connections, economic and educational opportunities, and improvements in the physical environment. This approach isn’t necessarily new—the decades-old movement for deinstitutionalization put community-level prevention at its core—just long-forgotten. Using reports, case studies, infographics, webinars, and communities of practice, PI has reignited interest in community approaches that build resilience by making the case that by improving community conditions, our society can reduce the likelihood, frequency, and intensity of mental health challenges, mental illness, and diseases of despair and disconnection.
Making Connections for Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Men and Boys
Back to Our Roots: Catalyzing Community Action for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Community Development Innovation Review: Catalyzing Community Action for Mental Health and Wellbeing