Making Connections to Promote Mental Health and Wellbeing among Men and Boys
Roxann McNeish, PhD
- Roxann R McNeish, PhD
The Making Connections to Promote Mental Health and Wellbeing among Men and Boys Initiative is funded by the Movember Foundation for the purpose of developing community-driven prevention efforts, with a special focus on men and boys of color and veterans and their families. This 5-year initiative supports the planning and implementation of prevention strategies intended to transform the community conditions that influence mental health and wellbeing for these vulnerable populations.
The Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida (USF) is conducting a national evaluation of the Making Connections initiative. The purpose of this multi-site, multi-year evaluation is to understand how communities improve the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys through these community-level prevention efforts. Overall, the evaluation team is tracking:
- How communities create successful and scalable community change,
- The barriers and facilitators to successful implementation across different sites,
- What factors influence community engagement, and
- How effective are these community-level change initiatives in improving the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys.