Our Model

Brio works with community leaders in developing countries to design and implement lasting mental health solutions. Through our partnership program, we provide a mental health design process, toolkit, consultation, evaluation and seed funding for building community-owned models of care.

Here’s how it works.

Year 1: Pilot Year

  • We work with the participant and their community to assess and define the problem they hope to solve. This includes initial needs assessments, focus groups, and interviews. 
  • Using our findings and principles of human-centered design, we help develop a pilot program. During the program, participants have access to our strategy and clinical expertise. If needed, participants can apply for small grants for the pilot. 

Years 2-5: Implementation and Expansion

  • Each subsequent year, we create clear goals for the partnership to help expand on the pilot. This stage depends heavily on the community’s specific needs. Each partnership is required to measure effectiveness and adapt. 
  • As the partnership’s impact grows, we support long-term strategy in growing a team, generating revenue, applying for larger grants, training stakeholders, and more. 
  • Throughout the partnership, we support participants by convening like-minded leaders, experts with relevant experience, and our own expertise.

Here’s why it works.

Mental health requires long-term community-owned models. We believe in local leadership to develop and ultimately drive these models forward. These leaders— whether they are advocates, community organizers, teachers, activists, or clergy—are crucial to our model. They possess the contextual expertise, trust, and social capital required for long-lasting and impactful work.

Through our partnership program, Brio contributes the design process, strategic and clinical expertise, small grants, and metrics of evaluation. While many local leaders have long voiced the mental health needs in their communities, they face numerous barriers to launching the solutions they envision. We believe this is where we can add value. Brio’s Mental Health Design Process and Toolkit are applied to our partner’s ideas from early stage research to monitoring, evaluation, and scale. Our process and toolkit combine the best of social innovation with sound clinical practice, all with the purpose of operating in low-resource contexts. Once we commit to a partnership, we grant small amounts of seed capital to get started on our planned collaboration.

Together, we build a multi-pronged solution. Once the specific mental health need is identified, we apply Brio’s framework to the solution that is designed. With each partnership, we have three aims:

  • Capacity building: training made available for locals to develop skills to address the issue at every level.
  • Awareness, promotion, or prevention: increasing accessibility to information about the issue, at times in the form of education, stigma reduction, or prevention.
  • Resources, treatment, and support: building programs and initiatives that are easily accessible to those who need it, including counseling, treatment, and ongoing psychological support.