****FULL PAPER COMING SOON****
Prevention Institute is finalizing this paper, which emphasizes the vital importance of the community context for mental health and wellbeing. It offers prevention approaches for improving community conditions, which enhance healing and resilience and complement current efforts to improve treatment and better coordinate care. The same strategies that are effective for prevention also reduce the severity of—and support treatment for—both physical and behavioral health conditions. Capturing the wisdom of the last generation of mental health leaders, Advancing Mental Health and Wellbeing identifies overarching and specific strategies that foster wellbeing, reduce community stress and trauma, and enhance equity. Specific community conditions that advance mental health are identified, such as safe and stable housing, economic opportunity, and social support. These must be fostered everywhere, and they are particularly critical for low-income populations, communities of color, and other disenfranchised groups who have been disproportionately impacted by fewer opportunities and resources.
Advancing Mental Health and Wellbeing delineates the fundamental pillars needed for individuals to feel secure and flourish, including belonging/connectedness, control of destiny, dignity/pride, hope/aspiration, safety, and trust, and explains how these pillars intersect with community determinants. A community prevention focus presents an actionable opportunity to strengthen mental health and wellbeing, reduce suffering, reduce costs and medical utilization, and advance equity.
To read about Prevention Institute's related work in this area, check out the following publications:
Making Connections for Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Men and Boys in the U.S.
Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience: A Framework for Addressing Community Trauma
To see a full list of our publications relating to mental health, click here.