Promoting dual-generation mental health through a hybrid eHealth and community-based intervention
Untreated mental illness in a parent can impact young children by exposing them to stressful events including violence or relationship disruptions. Building Emotional Awareness and Mental Well-Being (BEAM) is an app-based program created to support family mental health by providing educational videos, group checks-in, support forums, and mental-health symptom tracking. BEAM is designed to improve the well-being of a generation of children born during a global pandemic to highly stressed parents. Research so far shows that BEAM has great promise in helping parents overcome challenges, improve parent-child relationships. The program is expected to prevent child mental health problems and developmental impairments when rolled-out in the community. This will be tested in a pragmatic clinical trial in which BEAM will be co-delivered by Family Dynamics, a large community organization based in Winnipeg. Program roll-out will be tracked and BEAM’s success at preventing harsh parenting and improving child health, development, and school-readiness will be measured. This partnership model establishes a strategy for wide-scale delivery of BEAM across Canada in a way that is accessible to those that need it most.
Further reading: Article on piloting BEAM using an RCT
Lead organization: University of Manitoba
Contact: Dr. Leslie E. Roos, firstname.lastname@example.org