EASE: Early Adolescent Skills for Emotions

Millions of adolescents living with violence and armed conflict face significant threats to their safety and wellbeing. Many have acute psychological needs - yet they are denied access to potentially life-saving mental healthcare resources. This is why War Child has helped develop the EASE intervention.
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Our intervention is designed to improve the psychosocial wellbeing of children between ten and 14 years of age who experience significant emotional distress.

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Overcoming the 'treatment gap'

Millions of young adolescents experience feelings of stress, anxiety and depression on a daily basis - yet the vast majority are denied quality mental health support. The mental health ‘treatment gap’ is estimated to be 85 per cent for youth in low income countries - and in countries affected by armed conflict the figure is even higher.

To address this treatment gap World Health Organization - with input from expert organisations such as War Child - has developed the EASE (Early Adolescent Skills for Emotions) intervention. The intervention is designed to improve the psychosocial wellbeing of children between ten and 14 years of age who experience significant emotional distress.

EASE has been created to be delivered by non-specialist providers in low resource settings. This will not only serve to make quality mental healthcare more readily available wherever young adolescents are in need - it could also help to reduce the global mental healthcare gap.

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War Child aims to make quality mental healthcare more readily available and help reduce the global mental healthcare gap.

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With our EASE intervention we provide support to young adolescents experiencing significant emotional distress

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How the intervention works

EASE has been developed to support young adolescents experiencing significant emotional distress. The intervention is made up of seven group sessions for adolescents and three sessions targeted at caregivers - with a focus on stress management, problem solving and effective coping mechanisms.

EASE is designed to target common sets of symptoms and can be delivered quickly in both conflict-affected and low resource settings. The intervention is currently being pilot-tested and evaluated by means of a large trial in Lebanon - and the findings of this trial will inform the future development and broader implementation of the intervention.

More on the EASE intervention

The EASE intervention is being trialled and evaluated in field conditions - and is one of the integrated interventions that make up our holistic Care System. For more information on the progress and development of this intervention download our dedicated factsheet now.