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Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018 1pm EST
Mental wellbeing has a tremendous impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Now is the time to implement a comprehensive approach to mental health and wellbeing that:
- Incorporates community prevention as a complement to clinical care and long term recovery supports
- Focuses on specific community conditions like housing and social networks
- Intentionally embeds healing values like safety and trust
- Includes strategies that embrace gender and cultural diversity; address oppression and discrimination on the basis of gender and culture
This approach can produce multiple benefits, including:
- Promotion of resilience and healing
- Reduction of stigma and trauma
- Strengthening of healthy social norms
- Reduction of the severity of mental health problems, suffering, and associated costs
The presenters in this Web Forum will provide an overview of the Making Connections for Mental Wellbeing initiative. Examples from their community-driven efforts to improve mental health and wellbeing will highlight:
- The importance of food sovereignty to mental wellbeing
- Rural approaches to improve mental health
- Urban approaches including those that address violence
- Youth-focused strategies that include sport and play
This Web Forum is recommended for public health professionals, healthcare providers, behavioral health providers, community based organizations, faith-based organizations, and philanthropy/funders. Registration is free, thanks to support from the Prevention Institute, Blue Shield of California Foundation, and the Movember Foundation. Closed captioning will be available for all attendees.
If you missed Part 1 (not a pre-requisite) of this two-part series, visit http://dialogue4health.org/web-forums/detail/community-mental-health .