Since launching in August 2018, we’ve only just begun. Brio’s long-term goal is to partner with local leaders across all under-resourced regions of the world to develop effective mental health solutions. Currently, our focus is in Latin America, where we are operating in Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru.
Our partnership in Ecuador, which launched in Fall 2018, focuses primarily on mental health related to substance abuse, addiction, and addiction-related behaviors. Our partners are embedded in a community organization based in one of Quito’s poorest neighborhoods, where alcoholism and drug abuse are prevalent among teenagers and adults. Not only is this tied to clinical depression and anxiety, but also unemployment and domestic violence.
Our partnership in Mexico focuses on trauma and burnout recovery. Brio is collaborating with local partners to design a holistic recovery and care model for victims and families of victims of human rights violations. Our first step is to verify the efficacy of the program components through rigorous testing and evaluation. Future plans include training on the model, scaling the model to multiple locations, and providing resources to communities affected by organized crime.
Our partner in Peru serves children growing up in slums outside Lima and Arequipa through a school-based mentorship program. Together with their team, Brio is working to design simple mental health evaluations for both students and volunteers, while implementing new curriculum and training to encourage self-efficacy among students.