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Community-based Psychological Treatment for Adolescents with Anxiety and Depression in India.


2022 - 2025


Goa and Jharkhand, India


Prof. Audrey Prost, Prof. Abhijit Nadkarni, Dr. Sachin Barbde



The MADAD (Mobilizing for Anxiety and Depression in Adolescents) project aims to provide evidence-based psychological support to adolescents in two settings in India - rural Jharkhand and Goa using peers as delivery agents. The intervention would be rigorously evaluated for feasibility and acceptability among adolescents aged 15-18 years in Goa.


Anxiety and depression are the leading causes of illness among adolescents around the world. To address the treatment gap for mental health concerns, having peers become non-specialist mental health care providers can be a feasible and effective approach to ensuring access to care for more adolescents, especially in under-resourced settings. The goal is to increase the number of adolescents in India who receive evidence-based treatment for anxiety and depression.

Progress till date

The formative research phase has been completed. To intervene in youth-centric and youth-informed situations, qualitative interviews were conducted with students in Goa to understand their expressions of distress and concerns and their preferences for a peer-delivered intervention. We are using these insights to adapt the WHO’s EASE intervention to be contextually appropriate. The pilot phase of the program is expected to begin by September 2024.


  • Ekjut, Jharkhand, India

  • University College London, UK

  • King’s College London, UK

  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK


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