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Centering decriminalization of suicide in low – and middle – income countries on effective suicide prevention strategies
Globally, over 800,000 people die by suicide every year. For every one completed suicide, 20 more attempts have been made. As previous attempts are one of the strongest predictors of future suicide, help-seeking in moments of crisis, particularly after an attempt, may have important implications for suicide prevention. Unfortunately, the criminalization of suicide in several countries hinders help-seeking, increases the stigmatization of those who attempt suicide and obstructs the accurate tracking of suicides.
Complementing standard western measures of depression with locally co-developed instruments: A cross-cultural study on the experiences of depression among the Luo in Kenya
Transcultural psychiatry
We developed and administered Luo Depression Questionnaire (LDQ-17) in a cross-sectional community survey (N = 116) and investigated its association with a standard Western instrument (Patient Health Questionnaire-9; PHQ-9).
Transforming mental health for all
British Medical Journal
WHO World Mental Health report describes avenues through which we can turbo charge a transformation to improve mental health for all. The recommendations are comprehensive but may benefit from more targeted guiding principles: mental health services must be affordable, personalised to an individual’s needs and circumstances, and integrated within existing systems of caregiving and community life.
Effect of Shamiri Layperson-Provided Intervention vs Study Skills Control Intervention for Depression and Anxiety Symptoms in Adolescents in Kenya: A Randomized Clinical Trial
JAMA Psychiatry
In this randomized clinical trial of 413 high school students, Shamiri, a 4-week layperson-delivered group intervention that teaches growth mindset, gratitude, and value affirmation, appears to significantly reduce depression and anxiety symptoms in symptomatic adolescents compared with a control group, although both groups showed symptom reductions. Effects persisted at 7 months.

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