Posted by Bob Anthony
Any Rotary club can replicate this successful mental health project, proven in the USA, Puerto Rico and India. This project is the first that was initiated with the help of the Rotarian Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives. Since its launch in Nigeria, the faculty from six schools have completed the training and one school has also trained teen mentors to co-facilitate the curriculum presentations to the students. Direct beneficiaries will be over 2,500 students in Junior and Senior Secondary Schools before September, 2019; to date, over 400 students have completed the core curriculum and also the PIP Problems-Ideas-Plans creative problem solving activity. Any community can implement without grant funding because both the training and materials are online  (BreakFreeFromDepression.org) without cost, provided by Boston Children’s Hospital.  The sustainable elements include a referral protocol, experienced trainers, and normalized conversations around mental health and wellness. This project included funding in order to also provide clinical care and further professional training. 
With assistance from the Rotarian Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives, this fully funded global grant project was launched by the Rotarians of Ibadan Idi-Ishin (club #86625 in District 9125).  The International clubs are in District 7910: Needham, Merrimack Valley and Wellesley (www.WellesleyRotary.org). Individual donations also came in through the Rotary Ideas site.  A summary is below and details may be viewed at: http://www.adolescentwellness.org/rotary/
 
The most depressed country in Africa is Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In its 2017 World Health Day message, WHO identified the prevalence rate as 3.9 per cent (over 7 million Nigerians) of the entire population and said the rising suicide trend can be drastically reduced by understanding depression to be a preventable and treatable ailment. This project delivers that knowledge. The two previous Peer Leadership & Depression Prevention global grant projects achieved outcomes measured by pre- and post surveys in Puerto Rico and India, respectively:
  • 146%  / 671%            Knowledge increase
  • 10%  /   41%              Negative Attitude decrease
  • 32% /   62%              Confidence in Help-Seeking
The club and individual funding was $10,500. Matching funds by District 7910 and the Rotary Foundation provided a total project budget of $35,000 to deliver clinical support to the students, training of faculty, parents and and peer leaders, consulting to the trainers and faculty, school equipment, and supplies. Details may be viewed here: http://www.adolescentwellness.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Global-Grant-concept-Peer-Leadership-Depression-Prevention-Nigeria-short-version.pdf
 
Wellesley is club #6594 of District 7910 in the state of Massachusetts, USA (www.WellesleyRotary.org). The Host club in Nigeria is Ibadan Idi-Ishin, club #86625 of District 9125 in the state of Ibadan, Nigeria.
 
Contact:  Rotary District 7910 Interact Committee Chair Bob Anthony (bobanthony@adolescentwellness.org). He is a member of the  Rotary Club of Wellesley in the state of Massachusetts, USA (www.WellesleyRotary.org).
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