Updated Sep 07, 2018
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Group support psychotherapy is a culturally sensitive and cost-effective first line intervention for depression and other common mental health problems among vulnerable populations in rural areas and can be delivered by lay health workershttps://www.seek-gsp.org/
Etheldreda Nakimuli-mpunguSend Message
Group support psychotherapy addresses the problem of depression. Worldwide, 350 million people are living with depression, 7 out of 10 of those people are living in poverty. And out of those 7, 5 of them do not have access to treatment.
Finding effective treatment for depressionin rural areas is anything but easy.But lay health workers do visit isolated communities to care for people who live with HIV. So Etheldreda is training those health workers to recognise and respond to depression too – by delivering group psychotherapy.
By working within existing health systems, Etheldreda is bringing depression therapies to areas that would otherwise have been unreachable. She trains lay health workers to identify the symptoms of depression and to run group support psychotherapy sessions for affected persons . The innovation empowers participants emotionally, socially, and economically. This innovation is helping people who live with depression to access treatment that otherwise wouldn’t have been available.
Our innovation increases emotional support, positive coping skills, social connections and networks which have been shown to reduce depression by bolstering self-esteem, confidence, and self-efficacy. our evaluations have shown that the sustained reduction in depression (Nakimuli-Mpungu et al. 2017) is complimented by improved adherence to ART medications, improved functioning, reduction in alcohol intake, reduced enacted stigma and immediate initiation of income generating activities. Participation in income generating activities which, in turn, leads to acquisition of assets and savings. This pursuit of livelihoods reduces stigma, restores the dignity and independence of affected individuals thereby leading to sustained reduction in depression and increase in functionality.
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