TRANSFORMING MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNICATION
Stress, anxiety, and mental health in adolescent children is a global public health problem that needs urgent transformation, especially in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This study reports quantitative and qualitative findings from a school-based
mental health intervention designed to help adolescent students develop coping skills and resilience. The curriculum was developed based on formative research conducted by an interdisciplinary team with school-going adolescents in India as
part of a non-profit initiative. A sample of 320 adolescent students at six schools in lower-economic neighborhoods on the West Coast of India completed pre and post-test surveys, including validated measures for depression, anxiety, and stress.
Results of paired samples t-tests comparing differences before and after the program indicated that students' levels of depression, anxiety, and stress significantly decreased after the program. About seven months after post-test measures
were collected, the research team also conducted seven interviews, which provided context to the intervention's success... READ FULL ARTICLE
ENERGETIX program research was presented on 18th November 2021, at the National Communication Association 107th Annual Convention: Renewal and Transformation, Seattle by Erin Craw, an independent researcher and PHD graduate from
Chapman University, California.
The study measures the impact of the ENERGETIX program as a tool to cope with these alarming levels of Stress, Anxiety, and Depression amongst 320 students (142 females and 178 males) aged 13 to 16 years. Our study observed a significant change
in the levels of stress, anxiety and depression amongst these students after the ENERGETIX program was introduced to them. The results signified that there were 3.14 levels of decrease in stress, pre and post-intervention, 4.06 levels of decline
in anxiety and 2.3 levels of decline in depression.