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Revolutionizing Refugee Mental Health Care: The Success of WHO’s Step-by-Step Digital Intervention in Lebanon

A WHO study on a digital mental health intervention, Step-by-Step, demonstrated its efficacy in reducing depression among Syrian refugees in Lebanon. This randomized controlled trial found significant improvements in depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and overall well-being among those who received this intervention compared to a control group. Step-by-Step, delivered via a hybrid app with remote guidance, includes psychoeducation, behavioral activation, and other therapeutic techniques. The success of this program in Lebanon indicates its potential for wider application in similar contexts, addressing the critical mental health needs of displaced populations. []