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A method to improve the psychological well-being of young people is being tested in several cities

A method to improve the psychological well-being of young people is being tested in several cities

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Karina King. Photo: Lee Thompson

– Many youth initiatives for better mental health have failed to achieve sustainable results on a large scale. CityRise has worked with schools and other environments where young people move, with a valuable approach, for example leisure centres. What’s unique, he says, is that young people are driving the system and that could be a decisive factor in the system’s success. Karina KingAt Senior Researcher Global public health sector (GPH) at Karolinska Institutet.

The research team, which has been allocated 3.7 million euros for the project, will, among other things, evaluate the effect of the method on the mental health of young people in schools in Chennai, the Indian city where the method is used. In schools where the system is not used. The method will be tested in other environments in Nairobi, Kenya, Cape Town, South Africa, and Stockholm, Sweden. In addition to the effect of modality on psychological well-being, researchers should also examine what effect modality has on risk behaviors.

– The project is based on a youth-oriented approach, which means that youth have a decisive role in developing the model under the guidance of the research team. They will collaborate with us researchers to evaluate the model, he says Stephen Swartling PetersonProfessor at GPH.

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