Our mission is to build strong mental health in low-income and refugee communities, who otherwise would have no access to care. We provide evidence-based depression treatment using group interpersonal therapy, which is highly cost-effective and scalable (see our predictive cost-effectiveness analysis for more details).
After completing the Charity Entrepreneurship (CE) Incubator program in the summer of 2022, we ran our pilot last fall/winter. We are pleased to now share results (baseline/endline comparisons) from the pilot.
A few highlights:
- We had a total of 10 therapy groups and 55 people in the pilot
- 75% of people had a clinically significant reduction in their depression symptoms
- 50% of people had improvements in the secondary indicators of anxiety and PTSD
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dr. Melanie Basnak from Rethink Priorities, who volunteered her time to conduct the data analysis for us.
- We are currently analyzing the 3 month and 6 month follow up data.
- Given the initial positive results, we have continued our programs this year, treating an additional 250 people to date.
- In 2024 we hope to scale our program and continue to conduct program evaluations involving a control group.
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Our incredible group of community facilitators who were certified in interpersonal therapy by Columbia University for the pilot.