Below is a list of tools that can guide you at different stages of your community-level mental health work.

Making Connections landscape report - This 2014 report describes the mental health landscape for boys and men in the United States. It was written to help Movember develop its strategy for improving men’s mental health in the US.

Tool for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) - This framework guides community members and practitioners in assessing their socialcultural, physical/built, and economic/educational environment and taking action to improve community conditions that influence health.

Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience (ACE|R) - The original ACE|R report provides a basis for understanding how community trauma undermines individual and community resilience and what can be done about it. What? Why? How? Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About the Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience Framework addresses questions that have emerged as communities have implemented the ACE|R Framework.

Collaboration Multiplier - This tool is designed to guide an organization in engaging needed partners, or to facilitate organizations that already work together in identifying activities to achieve a common goal, identify missing sectors that can contribute to a solution, delineate partner perspectives and contributions, and leverage expertise and resources.

System of Prevention – This book uses graphic design to illustrate what it would mean to take a systems approach—one that addresses the interrelationships of multiple factors—to reduce health inequities. It describes how systems currently producing poor health outcomes and health inequities can be redesigned to produce health, safety, and equity.

Spectrum of Prevention - This tool promotes a range of activities for effective prevention at six levels of intervention: strengthening individual knowledge and skills, promoting community education, educating providers, fostering coalitions and networks, changing organizational practices, and influencing policy and legislation

Back to our Roots – This report and accompanying infographic describe how improving community conditions can reduce the incidence and intensity of mental health challenges and help activate resilience. The report introduced the concept of “pillars of wellbeing” (see below).

Pillars of Wellbeing - Making Connections sites have identified these six “pillars of wellbeing” as foundational for community mental health and wellbeing: belonging/connection, safety, trust, dignity, hope/aspiration, and control of destiny/self-determination.


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