THE CHALLENGE

As many as 1 in 4 people suffer from a diagnosed common mental health disorder. 9 out of 10 of those people don’t receive basic treatment. Isolation and loneliness play a big part in the global crisis of mental health. Firstly, because social isolation can itself lead to extreme anxiety or depression.

But also because mental health conditions are associated with a level of social stigma that means sufferers become increasingly isolated. Rather than provide a panacea to all mental health conditions, the Zumbido model tries to break this cycle.

THE INITIATIVE

Zumbido Health envisages a world where anyone who is affected by mental health problems can access the social support that they need to improve their quality of life.

Zumbido uses simple, modern technologies to give people access to the human contact and support they need that can make all the difference when mental health is at stake.

THE MODEL

We make social support groups accessible, immediate and anonymous by leveraging the enabling power of digital technologies.

The Zumbido Model is a time-bound social support program wherein participants are placed in support groups of 10-15 peers who share similar experiences. These support groups are enabled by our digital platform, wherein participants discuss - peer to peer, at any time via text message - a range of issues pertinent to their condition or needs.

DIGITAL

ACCESSIBLE

TEXT MESSAGE

REFERRAL

PEER TO PEER

HEALTH

SOCIAL SUPPORT

OUR PROJECTS

Khuluma

Project Khuluma aims to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of using text messaging as a means for social networking and support amongst adolescents living with HIV in South Africa. Read more ...

Zumbido

Project Zumbido used group mobile phone communication via SMS to address some of the challenges faced by those living with HIV/AIDS in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Read more ...

Patojitos

Project Patojitos (or “little kids” in spanish from Guatemala) was a four month pilot project that aimed to study the impact of Information Communication Technology on health service delivery in remote and underserved areas. Read more ...

Kopano

Project Kopano was set up following the success of Project Zumbido in Mexico. The three-month pilot project was established in February 2010. Project Kopano aimed to support programmes tackling prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV in Pretoria, South Africa. Read more ...

Body&Soul

SHM Foundation in partnership with Body & Soul completed a pilot that created support networks for parents of HIV positive children in London. Body & Soul is a pioneering charity that supports children, young people and families who are living with or closely affected by HIV in the UK. Read more ...

Zumbido Health is an initiative by the SHM Foundation.

Based in London, the SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation aims to provide communities and individuals with the practical tools they need to develop innovative solutions. It uses knowledge from the humanities and social sciences to understand human motivation, and draws on academic disciplines, from philosophy to anthropology, to address social challenges.

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