Legends of Lawndale

Sinai Health System brings together non-profits, schools, and young leaders in Chicago’s West Side. As a mentorship program, it focuses on supporting young men and boys of color who are growing up in a challenging environment where far too many men are dying too young.

Making Connections: Kankakee

This program supported by Kankakee Community College in Illinois sets out to reinforce a learning community for student veterans, allowing them to build meaningful connections with one another as well as with specially-trained staff for the support that they need.

Development Without Displacement 

Making Connections leaders from New Orleans, Boston, and San Diego discuss strategies for fostering development without displacing current residents.

If you want to talk health, you have to talk social connection 

A string of suicides in a San Diego neighborhood spurred the community to take action. The United Women of East Africa Support Team (UWEAST) and its partners created a safe space where young men, many of them the children of immigrants and refugees, can be themselves, connect with peers, and get the support they need to live healthy lives.

Understanding Men’s Mental Health and its Importance 
This video features the work of Resilience Grows Here, a Making Connections veteran’s mental health initiative that builds an environment to support healthy relationships between veterans and families, while building resilience in men and boys.

Hope Squad 

This video features the work of Hope Squad, a suicide prevention initiative that trains students to identify warning signs of suicide in their peers, reach out to them, and encourage them to seek help. Hope Squad is being implemented by the Making Connections site in Oklahoma City.

The service dogs helping veterans with PTSD 

Recently the Kankakee Community College Veteran Resource Center, which was created through Making Connections, partnered with 1Pet1Vet, a non-profit that pairs vets with PTSD with service dogs. The dogs provide physical and emotional support to their owners and help vets connect with their peers.



Chiming In (Mental Health America blog), July 22, 2019
To Improve Mental Health, We Need To Take On Social and Racial Injustice

Chiming In (Mental Health America blog), May 28, 2019
How a bike exchange in Honolulu supports community mental health

Thrive Global, May 4, 2018
Building mental health and wellbeing for men and boys

Politico, January 16, 2018
A prescription for ... resiliency?

Moving Healthcare Upstream, January 11, 2018
A community prevention approach to mental health can improve physical health outcomes as well

Health Affairs, January 4, 2018
To Address Opioids And Diseases Of Despair, Communities Must Build Resilience

Health Central, September 18, 2017
'Un-Mute' for a Life-Changing Conversation



Preventing and Addressing Community Trauma 
This conversation on addressing and preventing community trauma reveals how different communities define and experience trauma, from historical events that have long-lasting systemic repercussions to emerging challenges such as displacement. Participants also explore solutions, including building community and connection, and establishing places and opportunities for men and boys to find a sense of belonging, build trust and discover their stories and identities.

Exploring Healthy Masculinities part 1 
In part one of this two-part podcast, Charles Corprew from What's Your Revolution explores healthy masculinities with Making Connections community leaders from Canton, CT, New Orleans, LA and Albuquerque, NM who share how vulnerability, art and self-care play a significant part in the work that they do.

Exploring Healthy Masculinities Part 2 
Charles Corprew from What's Your Revolution returns for the second part of this two-part podcast to continue the conversation about healthy masculinities with community leaders from Kokua Kalihi Valley, HI, Tacoma, WA, and Boston, MA, who talk about the importance of mentorship, food justice, and community.

Elevating Indigenous Wisdom 
Prevention Institute’s Jill Hodges interviews leaders from Albuquerque NM, Oklahoma City, OK, Kokua Kalihi Valley, HI, Tacoma, WA, and Boston, MA. The guests discuss how they are expanding the influence of indigenous wisdom and cultural practices to heal communities.

Engaging Youth Leaders  
Prevention Institute’s Jill Hodges interviews leaders from Albuquerque NM, Denver, CO, and Tacoma, WA about how to authentically support and engage youth at every level of community-building.

Preventing Suicide Among American Indian Youth 
Learn about a partnership between Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and Hope Squad, a suicide prevention initiative in which students learn how to help and support one another and get help when they need it.

Military Cultural Competence 
In this podcast discussion, representatives from Making Connections explore opportunities for leveraging veterans’ experience and skills to enable connection and healing, as well as ways to inform and activate whole communities to support veterans, military members, and their families.