Posted by Bob Anthony
Any Rotary club can replicate this successful mental health project that has been proven by schools in the USA, Puerto Rico, India, and Nigeria. You are welcome to translate its supplemental materials into a local language: versions to date include English, Spanish, Hindi, Kannada, and Marathi.
 
PLDP-Nigeria was initiated with the help of the Rotarian Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives.  Eight schools in Nigeria have trained faculty, parents, and 1,824 teens; two of the schools also added a  computer lab to introduce a virtual Wellness Center  (within Whyville.net) to students age 7 and older. Grant funding is not mandatory because the core training and content are online without cost from Boston Children’s Hospital (https://www.openpediatrics.org/course/break-free-depression); the sustainable elements include a referral protocol, experienced trainers, and normalized conversations around mental health and wellness. If grant money is made available, it can be put to excellent use by adding clinical care - the implementations in Puerto Rico, India, and Nigeria were completed through Rotary global grants that provided a traveling clinician to support each participating school during the implementation year and to identify ongoing resources. 
Why Nigeria? It is the most depressed country in Africa, 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 understanding. Numerical outcomes are measured by pre- and post surveys to document:
- Knowledge increase
- Negative Attitude decrease
- improved Confidence in Help-Seeking
 
PLDP-Nigeria is a global grant project implemented by the Rotarians of Ibadan Idi-Ishin (club #86625 in District 9125) in the state of Ibadan, Nigeria.  The International clubs are in the USA in the state of Massachusetts within District 7910: Needham, Merrimack Valley and Wellesley. Individual donations also came in through the Rotary Ideas site.  The club and individual funding totaled $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. An outcomes summary is below and related information may be viewed at: http://www.adolescentwellness.org/rotary/ 
 
Want to replicate PLDP in your community? Contact:  RAGMHI Treasurer Bob Anthony (bobanthony@AdolescentWellness.org)
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