Outdoor safe space at CBM's partner Kenyatta University in Kenya

Mental health support for students in Kenya

Country: Kenya
Category: Improving health

Research in Kenyan government universities has identified high levels of depression and anxiety among students, especially the many students from poor backgrounds. Mental health conditions can and do cause students to leave higher education, meaning that they aren’t able to reach their potential.

We are working in partnership with Kenyatta and Chuka universities and student groups to improve knowledge, peer support and services for people with or at risk of mental health conditions in Kenya.

As part of the programme, we are:

  • Improving access to treatment, including screening and training of trainers.
  • Raising awareness about mental health, including theatre and arts productions, and creating ‘safe spaces’ for drop-in guidance and support.
  • Creating peer support services for students and staff.
  • Running anti-stigma and awareness raising events, such as during freshers’ week and World Mental Health day.
  • Using technology to reach a large student population and run student-led activities such as social media campaigns.

CBM is working in collaboration with Fundació Nous Cims.

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