Project Lead(s): Andres Herrera, Arun Ravindran
Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, has a long history of violence and natural disasters, consequences of which include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and increased family violence. The country also has the region’s highest suicide rates, and the country’s highest rates of psychiatric illness, addictions and suicide are found in the 15- to 24-year-old age group.
Over two years, this project, working in secondary and post-secondary schools in Leon, Nicaragua, will promote early mental illness identification, the reduction of stigma, greater access to services and more help-seeking among 15- to 24-year-olds. Complementing the school-based literacy program: Internet-based self-help initiatives and evaluations.