Over 42% of youth have persistent feelings of sad or hopelessness. Currently loneliness is one of the biggest problems for kids.

Collectively has a solution.

“Social connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship”

- Brene Brown

Collectively is grounded in social connection principles and research

Research demonstrates that social support and social connection improve mental health outcomes and even lead to a longer life expectancy and a host of other health benefits.

Collectively Believes that Social Influences are Critical to our Mental Health

As a cornerstone of the work that we do, Collectively offers research-backed training on the social influences of mental health. Current research on the benefits of the social influences in our lives demonstrates that when we embrace the social aspects, we see both mental and physical benefits.


CONNECT. offers a variety of training initiatives to support individuals, organizations, and communities in understanding the benefits of social influences with tangible tools and techniques on how to improve your mental health.


The CONNECT. Social Influences of Mental Health Training incorporates an overview of the research about how the social aspects of our life impact our mental health. Topics include:

Social Connection • Social Support • Social Capital • Social Media • Social Justice

Join our CONNECT. Training

CONNECT. The Social Influences of Mental Health is available as a:

CONNECT. presentations are available as individual training events or in an interactive series:

Published materials accompany the speaking events and are available for purchase.

Interested in bringing the CONNECT. Program to your Organization?

“I loved the Social Support training offered by Collectively, we received valuable and practical materials to help expand support for children and families. The training was fun and useful!”

– CONNECT. Training Participant

“This makes perfect sense, we can all do our part to prioritize mental health for ourselves and others.”

– CONNECT. Training Participant

leading expert on behavioral health

“innovative. intuitive. authentic. supportive."

Dr. Julie Radlauer-Doerfler is a leading expert in the social influences of mental health and uses her experience to create impact within communities, systems, organizations, and individuals. Her approach is collaborative, creative, and curious as she strives to educate utilizing unique avenues including media, stage production, video production, podcasting and writing. She has extensive experience in behavioral health, public health, and organizational development for more than 25 years. She speaks internationally and participated as a TEDx Miami speaker on social support, and social connectedness. Her research on structural racism in the behavioral health field has led to the development of a national curriculum designed to create more equitable systems. She is passionate about addressing behavioral health challenges in communities and speaks widely on the topic.