AN INTERVENTION PLAN FOR ADOLESCENT DEPRESSION.
CEMHRI aims to use adolescent friendly systems to provide care and reduce stigma and discrimination associated with adolescent depression.
Depression is a common mental health disorder characterized by core symptoms of low mood, decreased energy and loss of interest in formerly pleasurable activities. In its severe forms, it is associated with disability and can cause suicide.
What problem does your idea solve?
Depression is a common mental health disorder which is pervasive and associated with disability. Although fairly common in adults, Depression in adolescents is largely missed and undiagnosed. Adolescents are unable to access care due to their inability to understand the illness as well as stigma and discrimination towards mentally ill persons. In a bid to avoid co-morbidities, as well as obesity and suicide,and improve quality of life, we propose the Adolescent Intervention Plan for Depression.
Explain your idea
Depression is associated with significant disability. It has been projected by the WHO to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide by 2020 and the largest contributor to disease burden by 2030.
We aim to equip adolescents with information and services which will educate and inform them by providing the following:
- Sensitization of adolescents via print and electronic media on the availability of the service.
-A 24-hour call center that will be manned by trained health care personnel. The center will be dedicated to providing adolescents with basic information they may require about depression and where to find help.
-An adolescent friendly clinic to run daily between 8am and 4 pm. This will run in collaboration with the three mental health centers in the state.
-Assessment of adolescents Depression, its severity and other undiagnosed mental disorders and behavioural problems.
-Provision of treatment options (medication, psychological and social interventions)
-Provision of fliers and educative materials on Adolescent Depression.
-Support group meetings to be run by mental health professionals at the adolescent friendly clinic to run three times a week.
-Massive education of adolescents in schools and in the community, on the condition Depression, its symptoms, treatment and co-morbidities, and prevention. Details on where to find help will also be provided.
Education of students at secondary schools .
The period of adolescence is fraught with natural biological and psychosocial changes that may increase the risk of depressive symptoms.
Adolescents (aged between 10 and 19) in Lagos State with Depression especially those with severe depressive disorders who have difficulty performing their school work, vocation as well as successfully maintaining relationships.
How is your idea unique?
In spite of the attention that depression is commanding on a global scale, most mental health intervention programs in Nigeria target adults, neglecting adolescents with the disorder.
The idea is unique especially as it is a custom made plan tailored to the specific needs of the adolescent, ensuring that they are educated and equiped to combat depression.
It also provides those with severe depression who have been disabled by the condition, the support they need.
Early intervention at the adolescent stage will lower the risk of severe depression in adulthood.
Tell us more about you
Centre for Mental Health Research and Initiative (CEMHRI) (http://www.cemhri.org) is an NGO based in Lagos, Nigeria, dedicated to mental health promotion, rehabilitation and stigma reduction through services and research. Our team consist of specialists in mental health, occupational health, public health, law, social welfare and finance. We are partnering with relevant state agencies like Health, Social Welfare, Empowerment and skill acquisition for this project to bring this project to scale.
The CEMHRI is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting mental health awareness and eliminating the stigma that is associated with mental illnesses through service and research.
What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?
1. Efectiveness of the methods of increasing awareness about the facility to the adolescents
2. Seeking consent from parents of underaged adolescents
3. Follow up of already identified adolescents.
4. Long term sustainability of the project.
Where will your idea be implemented?
Experience in Implementation Country(ies)
Yes, for more than one year.
Expertise in Sector
I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.
We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.
Prototyping: I have done some small tests with prospective users to continue developing my idea.