PRIORITY - "YOU ARE NOT ALONE" ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS PROGRAM

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  1. Adolescence can be a particularly tough time with strange new experiences and major changes. From exams and planning for the future to their social life and finding their identity. Students at this age face a range of issues that could affect their mental wellbeing. According to WHO, half of all mental illnesses begin at the age of 14, and often, these go undetected and hence, untreated. We believe that schools can be the first line of defense for emotional and mental disorders in adolescents. The Live Love Laugh Foundation’s ‘You Are Not Alone’ Adolescent Mental Health Awareness Program is an interactive and informative opportunity for school going youth and teachers to increase one’s awareness about mental health and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
  2. There is a severe shortage of mental health professionals in India, especially with a population well over one billion people, and an increasing rise in mental illness. The stigma associated with mental illness encourages those who are trying to seek help, to consult General Physicians instead of mental health professionals. Our certificate course aims to enhance the knowledge, skills, and core competencies of Primary Care Physicians in the identification and management of common mental health disorders. We hope that our capacity building program helps to reduce the burden on the limited number of qualified mental healthcare professionals in the country.
  3. As per the Indian Government Census report, 68.84% of the Indian population lives in Rural India. India is home to an estimated 56 million people suffering from depression and 38 million more from anxiety disorders, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). In rural India, the challenges of addressing mental illness are particularly significant. The country lacks resources in the field, and most of the available resources are located in major cities or highly urbanized states.
  1. The program is delivered through our various implementing partners across the country, who are experts in the field of mental health. The program aims to create awareness on stress, anxiety, and depression amongst school-going youth, while also providing them with tools to identify signs and symptoms of mental illness in themselves and their peers. The program also aims at providing similar awareness amongst teachers, providing them with tools to help identify a student in need.
  2. Through this structured training program, we aim to enhance the knowledge, skills, and core competencies of Primary Care Physicians in the identification, management, and treatment of common mental disorders through a 5-month Certificate Course. The program will also help to develop and update standard teaching protocols and modules for evidence-based learning, build a nationwide network of Primary Care Physicians and specialists as well as continually update them with the latest advancements in the field of mental health. In collaboration with Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Association of Healthcare Providers, India (AHPI), this Certificate Course in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders addresses the critical gap in capacity building of Primary Care Physicians in India through offering high-quality training programs in Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
  3. Our Rural Community Mental Health Program was initiated in 2016 to provide mental healthcare support to individuals living in low income or marginalized communities, ensure that a sustainable model of intervention for each project is developed and to conduct and assimilate data for fundamental rural community-based research. Through our implementation partners, the program also ensures that beneficiaries receive free psychiatric treatment, support group care for themselves and their families, access to government-aided schemes and vocational training to integrate them back into the mainstream. It also creates awareness through wall writing and street plays and reduces the stigma associated with mental illness in the local communities.

The links to the impact one pagers are given respectively-

  1. One-pager (Impact for program 1) link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1yWERe9LzXS_lkxtUjI3EteEghSLU5XrM
  2. One-pager (Impact for program 2) link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17Cl3fbqc7Njap63-iLDUkvK0WrZgIJnP
  3. One-pager (Impact for program 3) link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1UQJ5lwxsEIQz0z-EV-G3ywKx6SpQ4LZv
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