Research and Innovation

Anxiety Reduction Programme

According to the World Health Organisation, one in three South Africans will suffer a mental health episode in their lives. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues.

Community Keepers has partnered with the Universities of Stellenbosch and Bath (United Kingdom) on a joint research programme into the effectivity of a group-based programme for the reduction of generalised anxiety.

The pilot is conducted over 2 years (2019 and 2020) and initial indications of a successful implementation are very positive. At the end of 2019, Community Keepers staff who were enrolled in the pilot received training in the methodology of the new programme framework and an active pilot programme will be conducted in 2 Primary Schools with grade 5 learners early in 2020.

If successful, the programme will be implemented in all the Primary Schools partnering with Community Keepers.