Since 2013, StrongMinds has been focused on creating a model that is effective in treating depression and easy to scale to reach the most women with depression in Africa. This drive has led to the creation of a model of intervention that is uniquely StrongMinds.
Using Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT-G) as the foundation, StrongMinds has adapted and enriched this approach with specific role playing activities and interactive visuals and charts. Each talk therapy group lasts 12 weeks, with the women coming together each week for 60-90 minutes. Each session time varies due to the level of emotion being exhibited by the group members.
The 12 weeks are broken into three phases, each with distinct objectives:
The StrongMinds model is achieving the same results as academic studies. Women who complete our talk therapy groups not only resolve their current depressive state — they also learn coping strategies to help prevent future depressive episodes.
Roughly 75% of the groups continue to meet after formal sessions conclude. This continual connection allows the women to work through their depression triggers together as they arise. In addition, many groups form Village Saving and Loans Associations, which provide financial stability and allow the women to better provide for their families.