Journal article

Improving Social Inclusion for Young People Affected by Mental Illness in Uttarakhand, India

Michelle Kermode, Nathan Grills, Prerana Singh, Kaaren Mathias

Community Mental Health Journal | SPRINGER | Published : 2020


Young people experiencing mental ill-health are often excluded from peer networks, family events, education, marriage and employment. We evaluated a community-based, peer-led intervention guided by the Nae Disha (new pathways) program, targeting young people affected by mental ill-health in Uttarakhand, India. A total of 11 groups involving 142 young people (30 male, 112 female) and 8 peer facilitators participated, most of whom were enrolled in a community mental health program. The impact of the intervention on participation, mental health, and social strengths and difficulties was measured at baseline and endline using validated instruments. The proportion experiencing significant social ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project was funded through a Grant from the Hallmark Disability Research Initiative at the University of Melbourne. We acknowledge the substantial contribution made by the Project Burans Team (including Jeet Bahadur, Pooja Pillai, Samson Rana); Emmanuel Hospital Association; Community Health Global Network (Uttarakhand Cluster); participating organizations (AKS-HOPE and OPEN); the Project Advisory Group; the peer facilitators and all group participants.