ABOUT THE PROJECT

Unveiling our project’s vision, mission and objectives

Promotion of mental health during adolescence is pivotal

About half of all mental health problems among the adult population begin before or during adolescence. Young people who have experienced mental health problems before the age of 14 years old are more likely to experience adult mental disorders. Mental health problems during adolescence are associated with a higher risk of suicide, which is the second most common cause of death among individuals aged 15-29 years worldwide. Depression and anxiety disorders are among the top five causes of overall disease burden for this age group. Neurodevelopmental disorders, like ADHD, are one of the main factors inducing school failure, conduct disorders, drug addiction and marginalization in adolescents and young adults. Statistics show that the mental health crisis among teens in Europe is only getting worse. A swift, sustainable and effective solution is necessary.

IMPROVA represents a leap forward in the field of adolescent mental health and wellbeing through the creation of an eHealth intervention platform. Teens, teachers, parents, experts and policymakers all work together to improve mental health and wellbeing, early detect and prevent mental health issues and fight stigma and social inequalities related to mental health.

objectives

Identify high-risk groups and factors that influence mental wellbeing.

Co-create a socio-culturally sensitive eHealth platform for schools.

Trial the IMPROVA platform in 4 European countries.

Increase awareness and reduce stigma around mental health in schools.

Develop a methodology and guidance for integrating IMPROVA into mental health policy across Europe.

THE PLATFORM

The IMPROVA online platform will be co-created with stakeholder groups, including adolescents, parents, teachers, school health professionals and policymakers based on materials already designed and tested in more than 20 projects carried out by the consortium members.

The platform will include components for adolescents, parents, teachers, and school health professionals in complementary and synergistic modules. After a series of pilot testing sessions, IMPROVA will be implemented by conducting a randomized Stepped Wedge Trial Design (SWTD) in secondary education schools randomly selected in four countries (France, Germany, Romania and Spain), including 12,800 adolescents. Effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit will be calculated. Using implementation science methodology, IMPROVA will co-design with policymakers and stakeholders transferable evidence-based practices, methodologies and guidance for upscaling of the IMPROVA platform.

IMPROVA aims to provide stakeholders and policy makers with an evidence-based, innovative, large-scale, comprehensive intervention, and a scale-up plan to promote mental health and prevent mental disorders in adolescents.