Mental Health Programming: Best Practices from Sport for Development

Chris Barkley; Tim Conibear; Jeff DeCelles; Melreen Devilliers; Matt Mattila; Paula Yarrow
Making Cents International, Grassroot Soccer, Waves for Change
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May 9, 2019


Over the past three years, several top mental health NGO’s began to collaborate with international agencies, researchers, and other programs to establish best practices in supporting adolescent mental health in at-risk communities. In this webinar they introduced how they equip community mentors with facilitation skills and curriculum resources to deliver evidence-based mind-body therapy programmes. Mind Power aims to improve mental health of vulnerable populations with high exposure to trauma and limited access to mental health services, including communities in conflict and post-conflict settings. Participants gained insight into and learned more about:

1. Global context of Mental Health

2. Key lessons from collaborating across the Sport for Development sector and beyond to benchmark Mental Health Best Practices

3. What your program can do

4. How to get more support



Bonnie Politz, Independent, Youth & Community Strategy Consultant


Chris Barkley, Director of Development & Strategy, Grassroot Soccer

Tim Conibear, Founding Director, Waves for Change

Melreen Devilliers, Peer Youth Researcher, Waves for Change

Jeff DeCelles, Technical Advisor on Research & Curriculum, Grassroot Soccer

Matt Mattila, Global Director, Waves for Change

Paula Yarrow, Global Development Director, Waves for Change

Webinar Materials

Soft Skills
Sub-Saharan Africa
Adolescent Girls
Conflict Area
Conflict Prevention
Governance & Policy
Men & Boys
Non-formal Education
Orphans & Vulnerable Children