Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support

by Restore Hope: Liberia
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Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support
Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support
Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support
Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support
Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support
Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support
Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support
Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support
Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support
Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support
Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support
Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support
Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support
Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support
Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support
Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support
Empower Liberian Women Thru Mental Health Support

Summary

This project addresses the Liberian mental health crisis where more than 40% of Liberians suffer from post-traumatic stress and/or a major depressive disorder. We will expand our existing 12-week evidence-based interpersonal group therapy program for women in several ways. We will increase the number of weekly group sessions, create Train the Trainer therapy coaching, provide compensation to therapy Leads, and offer transportation to and from group therapy sessions.

$25,000
total goal
$24,451
remaining
7
donors
0
monthly donors
2
months

Challenge

According to the WHO, more than 40% of Liberians suffer from post-traumatic stress and/or a major depressive disorder. Yet fewer than 1% of Liberians have access to mental health services. Women, in particular, are suffering from the effects of extreme poverty, civil wars, pandemic outbreaks, and sexual abuse. This trauma is debilitating and impacts their children as well. In an assessment of women connected to RHL's programs, 95% of the women screened met the threshold for clinical depression.

Solution

The need for accessible clinical depression treatment in the Kolahun District of Liberia is overwhelming current available resources. This project will fund the strategies endorsed by the WHO, which includes Interpersonal Group Therapy Interventions (IPT) and the necessary tools to sustain the program. Integrating IPT into existing women's empowerment activities will help advance women's economic and social empowerment, thus making and sustaining a positive impact on women's mental health.

Long-Term Impact

By providing IPT for 350 women in Lofa County, Liberia over the next 2 years, we expect the results will be: 85% will experience a reduction in the intensity of their depression; 65% of women will experience a reduction in anxiety and PTSD; and 85% of the women in therapy will report higher social and economic empowerment scores (percentages based on the initial PHQ-9 screening conducted on all participants). Thus, mitigating debilitating depression and advancing women's economic opportunities.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

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Organization Information

Restore Hope: Liberia

Location: Monrovia - Liberia
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Project Leader:
Saundra Williams
Monrovia, Liberia
$549 raised of $25,000 goal
 
9 donations
$24,451 to go
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