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In the context of the development of the new St. Martin CSA Strategic Plan in 2019, an Independent Consultant evaluated the St. Martin Approach. It received a good rating on its impact on the lives of the programmes' beneficiaries and adaptability for upcoming areas of work. 

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In a 5-day training, 35 prisons officers were introduced on how to handle addiction. The event was organised by the Community Programme for Addiction and Mental Health CPAMH.

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Corporal punishment is still widespread and causes much suffering among our children and youth. It can lead to mental disorders, fear and anxiety and poor academic performance among others.  This video by St. Martin aims to raise awareness and to show how to discipline our children without punishment.

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In December 2019, the Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Health, Sicily Kariuki, formed a task force to assess the mental health situation in Kenya. On January 21 this task force visited Nyeri and our colleagues from the Community Programme for Mental Health were present to showcase the approach St. Martin CSA uses to improve the situation of persons with mental health issues.

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During the second half of 2019, the Community Programme for Children in Need CPCN conducted a Child Rights Situation Analysis in Nyahururu Sub-County. The results were presented at three forums to disseminate them and discuss further actions.

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After 7 years of leading St. Martin CSA, Fr. Mariano Dal Ponte is stepping down as director. His successor is Irene Iwamithi.

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The Community Programme for Addiction and Mental Health CPAMH brought together 53 people for a workshop, some in active addiction and others in their early stages of recovery. The workshop was designed to address some of the most disturbing issues in addiction and the recovery process as a way to prevent relapse. These included improving self-esteme in recovery, identifying and avoiding triggers to lapse and relapse, intimate relationships in recovery and motivation enhancement.

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On November 9th, the activities around the 20th anniversary of St. Martin CSA culminated in the final celebration on the grounds of the Nyahururu DEB Primary School. The numerous participants from the area and guests from abroad were welcomed by the founder of St. Martin CSA, Fr. Gabriele Pipinato, and enjoyed a beautiful day.

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On Sunday 24 November, Simona Atzori performed her dancing piece "Disegnati cosi" (Designed like this) in Padova, Italy, to support of the 20th anniversary of St. Martin CSA. Over 500 spectators contributed towards our mental health project.

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World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. For several years, The St. Martin CSA Community Programme for Addiction and Mental Health joined the world in celebrating the day together with the mental health volunteers, beneficiaries, the community and national and county government r. representatives.

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Kinyua was living alone in an abandoned house until he was discovered by the mental health programme of St. Martin CSA. With the help of volunteers and the community he underwent a psychiatric assessment and received treatment. Today, he's living with his relatives and has started his own business.
Support our to restore the dignity of 500 people with mental health issues!

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The annual report for the period 2018 to 2019 is now available. We'd like to thank all those who did their best to help realise all the achievements of St. Martin in the reporting period. 

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