Driving detection forward
“A small-scale evaluation of the tool conducted in oPt shows that over 75% of children were correctly identified - by teachers and community workers - as in need of mental health care. Given the large number of children who don’t get the help they need, this is a promising first step.”
Myrthe van den Broek, Researcher
- Conflict-affected children face major barriers in accessing potentially life-saving mental healthcare services
- Barriers include low awareness of available services and the perception that treatment is ineffective; even shameful
- Innovative and low-cost solutions are urgently required
Low cost, high potential
The CCD Tool is made up of illustrated narratives depicting common examples of children experiencing emotional, behavioural and/or family problems. Each narrative is based on specific cultural idioms of distress to allow for simple identification – and can be adapted to the specific context in which it is used.
The page of illustrations is paired with a simple decision diagram – which allows trained community facilitators to identify children and families in need of support.
Facilitators can then refer people in need to an in-depth assessment performed by a trained professional – allowing for care or further referral to available services. Download the overview of our Sri Lanka tool here.
The percentage of individuals in need of mental health care who are denied access. (Kohn, Saxena, Levav & Saraceno, 2004)
The percentage of children who were proactively detected through the tool as in need of psychological treatment during the pilot in oPt.
Our research agenda
To develop and test a strategy for community gate-keepers to encourage help seeking and increase access to services 2020-2021.