Chances 6 documentary premiere

How can mental health interventions help youth climb out of poverty?


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The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)’s Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC) and the LSE International Inequalities Institute are thrilled to invite you to the premiere of a new documentary from the CHANCES-6 project, ‘Holding onto Hope: How supporting mental health could help youth climb out of poverty’. This short film looks at the links between mental health support and breaking the chains of poverty, with a special focus on Brazil's 'Bolsa Familia' cash transfer programme. A screening of the documentary will be followed by an engaging panel discussion about youth mental health around the world.

Date:Thursday 7 March 2024
Time: 6.00pm-7.30pm (GMT)
Location: Lecture Theatre, 3rd Floor, The Honourable Society of The Inner Temple, Crown Office Row, London, EC4Y 7HL
Secure your spot: Complete the registration form to attend


  • Chair: Sara Evans-Lacko (Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE))
  • Crick Lund (Professor of Global Mental Health and Development at King’s College London, Professor at the Alan J. Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, University of Cape Town (UCT))
  • Sonia Bhalotra (Professor in Economics, University of Warwick)
  • David McDaid (Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE))
  • Josue Oliveira de Souza, Leonidas Valverde and Adrielly Andrade Santos (Documentary participants)

Drinks and snacks to follow.

“Holding onto Hope” looks at the 'Bolsa Familia' initiative, which has lifted over 3 million families out of poverty. This documentary will show how this programme serves as a catalyst for change, helping the youth of Sao Paolo engage in education and participate in society. What are the limitations of this model and what can we learn from it? In the documentary, you’ll hear firsthand from recipients of the Bolsa Familia, on their experience growing up in an unbalanced society. Our researchers also explore how taking a holistic approach that encompasses mental health and financial support can be the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Following the screening of the documentary, we will have an engaging panel with mental health experts working in different parts of the world, to discuss how these findings might translate to other contexts. Join us in engaging in dialogue about methods of poverty alleviation and promoting mental health.