“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

What’s so good about social connections? 


Research demonstrates that people with social support and connections have:

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

– CONNECT. Training Participant

CONNECT. Training

The Social Influences of 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

“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

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This module is designed to introduce the concepts of valuing social support by sharing research on the benefits of expanding support in your life and in the workplace. 


The three-hour training event is designed to introduce the concepts of valuing social supports by sharing research on the benefits of expanding supports in your life and in the workplace. This event also includes activities that will assist participants in assessing and building support systems and social connections.


This six -hour training event in designed to teach those who are planning to help others build support systems and community supports. In addition to the above-mentioned activities, those that participate in the six-hour training will receive hands-on instruction about how to build support systems and community supports through asset mapping using the CONNECT. tools.

Social Support and Connectedness

Research demonstrates that social support and social connection improve mental health outcomes.

In fact: Socially connected people live an average of 3.7 years longer than less connected people ~

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