Participants from Making Connections for Mental Health and Well-Being Among Men and Boys talk about why it is important for men and boys to join the conversation about mental health.
In response to a string of suicides among San Diego’s East African male community, our outreach workers and researchers have partnered with United Women of East Africa Support Team to develop a comprehensive, culturally-competent, community-level plan of mental health strategies. This program, called Making Connections for Mental Health and Well-being, provides resources for East African refugee males between the ages of 16 and 25. This population is at high risk for mental health issues including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression. Our goal is to help our youth become resilient, have a strong sense of self-identity and positively contribute to their communities and to society.