Substance abuse, mental distress and suicide or suicidal ideation rates are high among young people in Kenya. However, they are not accessing the services they need because of the stigma surrounding these issues.
This project was established as part of Basic Needs Basic Rights Kenya in response to the increasing number of students attempting suicide at Kenyatta and Chuka Universities in Nairobi. It aims to establish effective mental health services and raise awareness of mental health issues among students and staff at these universities.
Part of the challenge for the project now, as they become established within these universities, is to prove their impact and efficacy, and build a strong reputation.
Ember is working to support the Mental Health and Wellbeing in Higher Education project to build their visibility internationally and to consolidate their model.
A volunteer-driven system of outreach, home visits, training and referrals to meet community mental health needs and raise awareness
Breaking cycles of violence in post-conflict settings through creative therapies and workshops
A community based organisation working to improve mental health provision in rural and impoverished areas of Uttarakhand