£2.9m funding boost to promote mental 幸福 for 年轻人 in sub-Saharan Africa

A team of researchers from the CQ9游戏官方网站 have been awarded around £2.9 million to help promote mental 幸福 in children and adolescents living in some of the least developed countries in the world.

在为期四年的项目中, the team will work alongside children and adolescents, 父母, 社区成员, 老师 and policymakers in 卢旺达 and 埃塞俄比亚 to improve mental 幸福.

Led by Professor Pamela Abbott from the School of Education jointly with Professor Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, 卢旺达, the multi-faceted cross-disciplinary team includes Dr Lucia D’Ambruoso from the cq9电子游戏竞技平台 Centre for Health Data Science, Professor Graeme Nixon and Dr Rachel Shanks from the School of Education; and Professor Paul McNamee from the Health Economics 研究 Unit.

Funded by the National Institute for Health 研究 (NIHR) the project will design and test a mindfulness programme in schools that the researchers anticipate will ‘make 年轻人 happier, less likely to develop mental and physical illnesses and better able to have fuller roles in society'.

Professor Abbott explains: “卢旺达 and 埃塞俄比亚 are among the least developed countries on the Development Assistance Committee list of aid eligible countries and are among the poorest and least happy countries in the world.

“Our focus in this project is on promoting the mental 幸福 of children and adolescents to enable these 年轻人 to enjoy their childhood and develop their full potential, reducing the burden of poor mental 幸福. 还有一个快乐的童年, 当他们长大后, we hope these 年轻人 will be able to lead adult lives that are productive and satisfying.”

Professor Binagwaho said: “There is an urgent need to improve the mental 幸福 of children around the world however there is little in the way of curative provision in many countries. The World Health Organisation has said by 2030 mental health issues will form the biggest burden on health care resources so the potential impact of this study cannot be underestimated.”

Professor Graeme Nixon from the School of Education at the University added: “I am really looking forward to working with teacher educators, 老师 and 年轻人 in developing and delivering a mindfulness-based programme for schools in these countries, hopefully replicating studies which show that secular mindfulness-based interventions can enhance resilience, 幸福, 反射, agency and learning in 老师 and learners.”

Dr Lucia D’Ambruoso adds: “Recognising local skills and knowledge, cq9电子游戏竞技平台将与孩子们合作, 年轻人, 他们的父母, 老师, community leaders and policymakers throughout the project. This will give us the best chance of developing a locally relevant programme, and for policymakers to use our findings to promote the mental 幸福 of 年轻人 in 卢旺达, 埃塞俄比亚, 以及撒哈拉以南非洲地区.”

Dr Rachel Shanks said of the project: “Ultimately, we hope that our project will also train the next generation of African research leaders in health research and address one of the biggest burdens of preventable suffering of our generation.”