TRANSFORMING MENTAL HEALTH FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
PRIDE is a five-year research program seeking to develop psychosocial interventions for school-going adolescents aged 11-19 years with mental health problems in India.
The global population of young people exceeds one billion; of whom 356 million are in India. Depressive, anxiety and conduct disorders (the ‘common mental disorders’) account for over 75% of the burden of mental disorders in this age group. A large body of evidence suggests that psychological treatments are effective for treating mental disorders in adolescents – however, the vast majority of young people do not receive these treatments (for reasons including the availability of only non-specialised health workers, cultural explanations, and low demand for mental health care).
The goal of PRIDE is to develop and evaluate a psychosocial intervention program consisting of three interventions for common mental health problems:
- A self-help intervention delivered through a workbook.
- A self-help intervention delivered through a mobile app.
- A psychological intervention delivered by counsellors.
The project involves three phases over five years from 2016-2020:
- Intervention Design and Development: Theoretical framework development and design of the three interventions.
- Evaluation: Randomised Controlled Trials evaluating the effectiveness of the three interventions in reducing symptom severity and improving recovery rates.
- Scale Up: Planning the scale-up of the intervention through public and private school systems.
OUR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT WORK
Our public engagement initiative, “It’s Ok To Talk” aims to enable a dialogue with young people around issues related to mental health through digital and community-based activities.The project launched a website www.itsoktotalk.in as a platform dedicated to encouraging young people to share their experiences of mental health.
PRIDE worked with a team of illustrators to create intervention material in the form of graphic narratives. The content will resonate with young minds and get them interested in learning more about mental health. Click below to access previews from Ajay and Priyanka’s ‘POD’ adventures.
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Prof Vikram Patel | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Daniel Michelson | email@example.com
Dr Kanika Malik | firstname.lastname@example.org
New Delhi: C-1/52, First Floor, SDA, New Delhi, India,
Goa: H No 451 (168), Bhatkar Waddo, Socorro,
Porvorim, Bardez, Goa 403501, India
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