Support Mental Health Services in Kenya.
Ethel Foundation For The Aged psychosocial interventions bridge the intergenerational and mental health treatment gap. Trained grandmothers called Ethel Foundation Elderly Counselors provide free and accessible mental health services, support and resources in their underserved communities. The services include mental health awareness raising, interpersonal counseling, group talk therapy, life skills building, referrals to specialists/hospitals or community services, and survey research.
Mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders are highly prevalent, accounting for a large burden of disease and disability globally. Nearly 1 in 10 people have a mental health disorder, but only 1% of the global health workforce provides mental health care. MNS disorders interfere, in substantial ways, with the ability of children to learn and the ability of adults to function in families, at work, and in society at large.
Ethel Foundation Counselors trained in WHO’s mental health Gap Action Program (mhGAP) provide free and accessible mental health services, support and resources in their underserved communities. Ethel Foundation Counselors trained on psychosocial interventions are integrated in existing community structures such as within the local government authorities to reduce stigma and discrimination in help-seeking. Ethel Foundation Counselors also create safe spaces for community members to connect and strengthen social supports
The project will empower people to manage their mental health and hence promote the successful performance of mental functions, in terms of thought, mood and behavior that results in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with others, and the ability to adapt to change and cope with adversity. Improving mental health and psychosocial well-being will also improve physical health, social and community functioning, economic productivity and reduce human rights violations.