LATIN-MH: Latin America Treatment and Innovation Network in Mental Health

Project: Research project

Project Details


This proposal aims to establish a regional hub for mental health research and training addressing the comorbiditybetween mental and chronic diseases, aiming to decrease the treatment gap for mental disordersamong people with physical disorders in LA & C. These aims will be achieved through: 1. Development of a research agenda focused on developing an intervention for the identification and treatment of depression among people attending programs for chronic diseases. This intervention will involve two key elements: a) improved recognition and b) improved psycho-social management of depression in diverse health care settings in LA & C. It will be mostly delivered through the use of mobile phones, with minimal assistance from primary care auxiliary nurses, with substantial task-shifting. The main emphasis is on patients helping themselves through using resources that are currently delivered on a one-to-one basis by specialized human resources. The intervention will be tested in primary care clinics in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and in secondary care clinics in Lima, Peru. Pilot studies will take place in Guatemala, Colombia and Ecuador. 2. To build increased mental health research capacity in the region through a research training program delivered by a network involving the University of São Paulo in Brazil, the Latin American network for the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease, and Universities of Washington and Bristol. The strategy will include: 1) greater prominence to South-South collaboration; 2) focus on a multiplying strategy starting with the strengthening of a solid research hub and gradual expansion to other sub-centers in a large mutually supportive research network; and 3) more efficient methods of delivering training with improved accessibility. The capacity building component prioritizes training in research methodologies that can generate sound evidence on the best strategies to reduce this gap, allowing ‘hands-on’ training for researchers. In both components due importance is given to issues related to scaling up and policy making, including the creation of a highly qualified advisory board and consultation with a range of stakeholders throughout the life of the project.
Effective start/end date9/26/138/31/19


  • Fundação Faculdade de Medicina (2016.86612.002 // 5U19MH098780-05)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (2016.86612.002 // 5U19MH098780-05)


Explore the research topics touched on by this project. These labels are generated based on the underlying awards/grants. Together they form a unique fingerprint.