By Makoma Musyoka.
Twenty Kenyans and Canadian university students will explore reduction of mental disorders and promote healthy behaviour on research projects.
Prof David Ndetei, the Africa Mental Health Foundation Founding Director told a seminar at St. Joseph’s Pastoral Centre Hall near Machakos town, that the 10 Kenyan students and other 10 from Canada will collectively comprise four high-performing student teams.
”These students will be tasked to develop a disruptive solution for a complex mental health system challenge and work alongside community partners, learn from local community members and other stakeholders to support the development of their solution”, he said.
Prof Ndetei said the students will seek to find out why mental health or lack of it has become a big concern and the solutions to the challenges that cause poor mental health and find ways to improve the well being of those afflicted with a goal to curb the increase of those with poor mental health and the eventual consequential outcome.
He said the 20 students will be supported by faculty and researchers from Western University, the Africa Mental Health Foundation and Africa Population Health Research Centres.
“Each student team will be paired with a local community partner who brings a complex mental health system challenge to the students to address. Also they will be expected to generate disruptive solutions/projects that will be rapidly tested, evaluated and disseminated over a period of up to one year,” he added.