Mental Health Youth Champions

Encouraging Meaningful Youth Engagement in Suicide Prevention – World Suicide Prevention Day Webinar Report

Mental health is a growing burden particularly among young people globally. The burden of mental health has been felt with an estimated 8 million deaths worldwide being as a result of mental health disorders.[1] Similarly, 77% of global suicides occur in low to middle-income countries. While most suicide cases are attributed to mental health disorders, …

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Fostering Intergenerational Solidarity Towards the Realization of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – Webinar Report

Intergenerational solidarity has proven to promote social cohesiveness over time. This is true particularly in the African setting where, intergenerational transitions are deeply rooted in the African culture, with older generations passing on skills, information and other inheritances to the younger generation. It is also evident in informal approaches to healthcare, where young people provide …

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Overcoming Mental Health Challenges through Social Responsibility

Mental health is an emerging issue in the global health space and in my opinion, it should be considered a critical health concern among Kenyans. Mental illnesses can be associated with criminal activity, immorality and substance abuse among young people. The effects of mental health are adversely affecting the society with the highest peak being …

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Mental Health Literacy & Awareness as a Driver for Youth Mental Wellness

Mental wellbeing of  young people is so critical in their development. I have come to a realization that young people are living on the edge of a mental health abyss and this leads to poor mental, emotional, social and also physical dysfunction. Young people are totally unaware of mental problems arising among them as they …

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The Place of Schools in Promoting Youth Mental Wellness

The mention of schools and learning institutions in Kenya, easily sees folks go back and forth on academic excellence and its counterpart, underperformance. It is high time as a society we realize that schools and learning institutions are actually entrusted with much more than just academia. Currently, there are two curriculums in operation in the …

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We Live For Us by the International Mental Health Association (IMHA) East Africa Programs Office.

In March 2021, a mental health champion and IMHA East Africa Program Director Damian Juma debuted the We Live For Us Project. Starting in Mombasa, the We Live For Us (WEL4U) project focuses on improving the wellbeing of young people in 3 coastal counties in Kenya. Utilizing strengths-based approaches and group support structures, this project …

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A review on Psychological Impact of Disease Outbreaks and how to respond to the impacts of COVID-19

Abstract: Disease outbreaks have been known to cause substantial devastation in the world. The impact of such outbreaks on mental health have been documented but unfortunately these haven’t been mainstreamed into emergency response preparedness. Low-income countries (LIC) are the most disadvantaged in this front especially considering mental health care hasn’t been much developed with countries …

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Coping with the Psychological Effects of COVID19: It’s time to build our resilience with ingenuity

COVID-19 is here and for a mild respiratory virus it has proved to be a wrecking ball. The economy has certainly fared worse than most of our bodies. A cure is still being sought and we have all been told to stay inside. Even the introverts have been crowded out. We used to see it …

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