Healthy Men Michigan Campaign

Thank you for your interest in the Healthy Men Michigan Campaign and the parallel research study evaluating the online mental health programs used in the Campaign. Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey, associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, is the Principal Investigator who is leading the study. This web page provides an overview of the study and some information about the Campaign. We invite you to contact Dr. Frey with questions about the study and to learn more about participating as a community partner.

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Background to the Problem:

Suicide is the leading cause of injury death among men in Michigan (source). Working-aged men are not only at higher risk for suicide but are also often less likely to personally identify signs of mental health problems and to engage in mental health services. Preventing suicide among men in this age range requires innovative and comprehensive programs.

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Healthy Men Michigan is a campaign designed specifically to promote mental health and wellbeing among working-aged men who are living in Michigan. The Campaign offers free online screening and referral services such as self-assessments for a number of mental health issues and access to local, quality treatment options. 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is funding the University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Social Work to evaluate the Campaign. The research team, led by Dr. Jodi Frey, will recruit up to 500 working-aged men, living in Michigan, who voluntarily complete an online depression and suicide screening through the Heathy Men Michigan Campaign websites. Based on initial scores on the screening, men who score in range for the study will be invited to participate.

The study intervention consists of free access to one or two online websites (control and intervention group). Participants will be asked to complete two additional follow-up surveys over the course of three months.

The University of Maryland Baltimore will do all recruitment for the study – campaign partner organizations should not discuss the study or attempt to answer any questions about the study with individual men. If questions about the study are asked by individuals served by your organization, please refer them directly to the researchers at healthymenmichigan@ssw.umaryland.edu or 410-706-3607.

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Participation in the research study is voluntary and there is no cost to participants. Individuals who consent to participate in the research study will be compensated for their time. Men who decline to participate in the study will still have full access to the online screening and referral services offered by the Campaign. These services are offered at no charge.

Click for a list of mental health and behavioral health resources in Michigan.

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This study has been approved by the University of Maryland Baltimore, Institutional Review Board (HP-00066262). If you have questions about the IRB or this study, you can contact the University of Maryland, Baltimore Human Research Protections Office at 410-706-5037.

For More Information:
For more information, please contact Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey at healthymenmichigan@ssw.umaryland.edu or 410-706-3607.

This research is supported by the Cooperative Agreement Number, 1 U01 CE002661-01, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.