Study for the treatment network and innovation in mental health in Latin America – LATIN-MH

The project aims to reduce the symptoms of depression in individuals with chronic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus or high blood pressure, through a smart phone app.

Proyecto Latin MH


Design, develop, implement and assess a psycho-educational intervention (CONEMO) to reduce the symptoms of depression in individuals with high blood pressure or diabetes mellitus, through a smart phone app.


The intervention, known as Emotional Control (CONEMO) is delivered through a smart phone app which includes texts and videos that seek to alleviate the symptoms of depression in patients with high blood pressure or diabetes mellitus.

A total of 15 patients in Lima (Peru) and 20 in Sao Paulo (Brazil) will participate in the pilot study. Three times a week, for six weeks, the patients receive a notification to enter the app, which gives them information about depression and invites them to perform pleasant and healthy activities as part of their daily life. The app is intended to motivate patients, encouraging them to be more active and in this way improve their mood and reduce the symptoms of depression. Patients are accompanied during the intervention by nurses or technicians working within the public health system.

The study, which involves researchers from universities in South America, the United States and Europe, incorporates the effectiveness of psycho-educational studies in the treatment of depression, uses human resources available within the system who are not mental health specialists, and takes advantage of the increasing penetration of smart phone use in Peru.


En ejecución.


Lena Brandt



Lima, Peru and Sao Paulo, Brazil

Lima, Peru and Sao Paulo, Brazil


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)


2013 – 2014

Research team

Jaime Miranda, MD, MSc, PhD, FFPH, Francisco Diez Canseco, BA, MPH, Lena Brandt, BA, MA.

Contributors: Paulo Rossi Menezes, MD, MSc, PhD (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brasil), Ricardo Araya, MD, MRCPsych, PhD (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Inglaterra), David Mohr, BA, MA, PhD, (Northwestern University, Estados Unidos).