PREMIUM: interventions in under-resourced health systems

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Global Mental Health Lab

PREMIUM: A program for effective mental health interventions in under-resourced health systems

Funded by the Wellcome Trust

Depression and harmful drinking are major global health problems with high prevalence rates, high levels of disability and potentially fatal consequences through suicide, road traffic accidents or health complications such as liver cirrhosis. Psychological treatments have been shown to be effective in Western settings, but the vast majority of people in low-income countries do not have access to these treatments. The main reasons for this are a lack of skilled personnel for delivering treatments, and concerns regarding the acceptability of treatments developed in Western settings. Through the PREMIUM project, Professor Patel will address these challenges by developing and evaluating contextually appropriate psychological treatments for delivery by lay health workers in primary healthcare settings. Dr. Lena Verdeli serves as an international advisor for the PREMIUM project.