The IMPROVA consortium has announced the forthcoming launch of a new online platform, designed to promote mental health and prevent mental disorders among adolescents. With the help of key stakeholders including adolescents, parents, teachers, school health professionals, and policymakers, IMPROVA has designed and tested this platform in over 20 projects led by consortium members.
The IMPROVA platform will offer integrated and complementary modules for different user groups, including adolescents, parents, teachers, and school health professionals. This collaborative approach aims to offer a comprehensive support structure around young people, enhancing the collective effort to improve their mental health.
Following an extensive series of pilot tests, IMPROVA is set to implement the platform in a comprehensive study involving secondary education schools across four countries – France, Germany, Romania, and Spain. In what is known as a Stepped Wedge Trial Design (SWTD), approximately 12,800 adolescents from randomly selected schools will participate in the program.
Researchers will evaluate the platform’s effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and overall cost-benefit through rigorous quantitative analysis.
With a focus on implementation science, IMPROVA aims to work closely with policymakers and stakeholders to develop transferable, evidence-based practices, methodologies, and guidance for upscaling the platform beyond its initial launch.
The ultimate goal of IMPROVA is to provide a large-scale, innovative, and comprehensive intervention for adolescent mental health. The platform’s scale-up plan aims to provide an adaptable blueprint for stakeholders and policy makers to advance the cause of mental health and well-being amongst adolescents.
Stay tuned for more information on the launch of this groundbreaking platform that strives to make significant strides in adolescent mental health across Europe.