What is the problem that needs to be addressed? Please describe how it is related to mental health.
Social isolation, depression, anomie, loneliness
Why is this a concern for Orange County? What can Orange County and other counties learn from this project?
Social isolation reduces quality of life and is a mortality risk factor. We have a low-cost intervention that we think could reduce social isolation, mental health problems and improve well-being and emotional health.
What is currently being done to resolve this problem in our county and throughout the United States? If applicable: Is it working; why or why not?
We don’t believe our idea has ever been evaluated as a general mental health promotion intervention. Because it would be low cost and simple to implement, it should be tested.
What is new or different about this project idea? Please describe how this differs from what is already being done (Question 6). Please list any research that was done on this topic.
We are proposing to schedule block parties in neighborhoods where social exclusion may be a risk and determine whether these scheduled events that introduce people to their neighbors increases social interactions, feeling of community and belong and feelings of well being
What is the project idea? Please describe how this project will operate.
We would schedule block parties in 2-3 neighborhoods and compare resident mental health outcomes to similar neighborhoods where we don’t schedule block parties.
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