A silent crisis.
32.7% of children and young adults in Lebanon are facing mental health distress today and only 5% seek help.Treatment is often inaccessible due to an alarming shortage of professional front liners in the field, unavailability or high cost of services, and social stigma. The youth in Lebanon are falling behind.
With our partner Cénacle de la Lumière (CDLL), we went straight to schools.
SCHOOL IS A KEY PLACE FOR PREVENTION, EARLY DETECTION OF SYMPTOMS AND PRIMARY INTERVENTION
Our Response: The Mentally Healthy School Program
“A COMPREHENSIVE AND PREVENTIVE APPROACH FOR LONGTERM IMPACT AND YOUTH RESILIENCE“.
Together with Cénacle De La Lumière, we packaged a model that targets all community members to provide the necessary tools and the support needed for children and young adults to cope with the challenges faced today.
The program champions a collaborative partnership among parents, teachers and school staff, to empower them to better detect and support the youth in mental health distress.
Some of the topics covered
Impact per school
100 to 1,200 students
to attend around 75 empowerment sessions
25 to 85 teachers and school staff
to complete a 20 days mental health tutorial and sessions
70 to 200
parents to attend conferences
“A great opportunity for our students to discover, love, and express themselves in a healthy way. The sessions helped them uncover their strengths and maintain a positive mindset. “
Psychologist and Psychotherapist at Paradis D’enfant
THERE IS HOPE WHEN WE ACT ON TIME
Every $5,000 covers 1 school
Real Behavioral Change
School representatives already observed improvements before and after the program, based on studies. Students showed:
- Less bullying of peers
- Improvement to express emotions
- Decrease in physical judgement of others
- Encouraged attitude to reflect on their thoughts
- Agreement on the importance of living a balanced life and recognizing positive qualities
- Increase in willingness to reduce screen time
- Ability to identify and list facts on substance abuse
- Ability to explain and identify with the program
Read more about our implementing partner Cénacle De La Lumière.