Research shows that people living in communities plagued high rates of joblessness, poverty, crime and violence as well as inadequate housing, health care, education and social services suffer disproportionately high rates of stress, anxiety, trauma-induced illnesses, depression, substance abuse, etc

To increase awareness about how social conditions impact mental health;
To develop and disseminate mental health prevention and intervention strategies that are informed by the social determinants framework;
To create multidisciplinary collaborations to identify and address the multifaceted social conditions that impact mental health; and
To develop new knowledge and practice innovations.