The community programme for mental health was started to respond to the challenges that people with mental illness and those in addiction face in the community. It was realized that they lived in extremely poor conditions; they did not access medical treatment and psychosocial support which resulted in a state of helplessness and despair. Moreover, the general members of the community and their next had limited information about mental health and support systems available that could ameliorate the suffering the people with mental illness faced. Therefore, the programme aims at building the capacity of stakeholders to effectively respond to mental health concerns in their communities. In addition, the programme provides mental health services to the most vulnerable members of the community. These services include support to access psychiatric services, purchase of psychiatric medication, facilitation to access rehabilitation services from reputable facilities, provision of psychosocial support including counseling and follow ups, and support to pay NHIF premiums to ensure that they have sustainable access to medical treatment. Our interventions are geared towards restoring dignity to people afflicted by mental illness and drug abuse.

Our reach in 2022

In 2022 we….

  • Trained 113 Volunteers, 39 youth leaders, 35 chiefs, 33 village elders, 21 recoverees, 86 people with mental illness & their significant others 
  • Created awareness to approx 15,000 people in community gatherings, welfare groups, chiefs baraza etc
  • Offered counseling to 319 people, residential rehabilitation to 10 peopleintensive outpatient rehabilitation 26 people
  • Support to access psychiatric treatment through payment of consultation fees and purchase of medicine to 136 people, payment of NHIF premiums to 12 people