“Latina Friends Motivating the Soul (ALMA)”
Latina immigrant women are particularly vulnerable to depression and anxiety due to the social and economic stressors they face, including high levels of poverty, low levels of education, family obligations, exposure to violence, and limited access to community resources. ALMA aims to prevent and reduce depression and anxiety among Latina immigrant women. Women attend 8 weekly sessions in a group format to teach and encourage women to use coping strategies to reduce depression and anxiety. The intervention aims to increase participants' social ties and the social support they receive from other Latina immigrant women. The program also helps decrease the stigma associated with mental health and connects women to mental health services when needed.
Behavioral - Latina Friends Motivating the Soul (ALMA)
In a series of 8 weekly sessions, the program uses a group format to teach and encourage women to use coping strategies to reduce depression and anxiety. Over the course of the eight ALMA sessions, 25 women are (1) engaged in activities to identify coping strategies they are currently using and encouraged to continue to use them; (2) introduced to new coping strategies (e.g. mindfulness techniques, increased social ties and social support); and, (3) provided resources for seeking additional help ...read more on ClinicalTrials.org
Latina Friends Motivating the Soul (ALMA): A Delayed Intervention Control Trial of Program to Reduce Mental Health Disparities in Latina Immigrant Women