Created in response to COVID-19, teaching fellows worked with IMHA to design and implement project focused on improving mental well for school-age children during lockdown.
Fellows began by assessing the mental health of their students through phone interviews, confirming the initial hypothesis that student mental health would suffer during lockdown. Next, fellows designed therapeutic activities involving art (pictured left), writing and play that students could engage with from their homes.
Week-by-week, students engaged with activities and fellows completed weekly check-in calls with students to monitor their process. As schools prepared to open again, the fellows wrapped up the project by completed a post-assessment with students and parents, measuring the impact of the interventions on student mental health.
Starting in Mombasa, the We Live For Us (WEL4U) project focuses on improving the wellbeing of young people in 3 coastal counties in Kenya. Utilizing strengths-based approaches and group support structures, this project supports young adults in developing emotional resilience, improving mental health literacy and learning psychological first aid.
While this project is intended to be the first in a series of projects as part of a capacity building program in coastal Kenya, it is currently paused for planning purposes. Target beneficiaries have included young adults and their families affiliated with local schools, hospitals and community centers. The three counties included in the initial WEL4U roll-out were; Mombasa, Kilifi & Kwale counties.
A virtual, global mental health book club! In a time where distancing from one another is encouraged, IMHA believes in the value and importance of rebuilding missed connections. Chapters & Connections is a safe space where members can express themselves, build relationships, and destress in the spirit of self-care. Sit back, relax, and join us for some fun and meaningful discussions on a multitude of topics that shape our identity and purpose.
In 2022, we read Boys Don’t Cry, a memoir written by Tim Grayburn and I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi.
Please note, Chapters & Connections* is intended as a space for social connection and learning, not as therapy. If you are interested in accessing mental health services and are unable to, feel free to reach out to our team and we will do our best to connect you.
*Chapters & Connections is currently paused.