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Wellbeing and Employability for Youths with Psychosocial Disabilities through Digital Technologies

Projektbeschreibung

Eine digitale Lösung zur Unterstützung von Jugendlichen mit psychosozialen Behinderungen

Mehr als 1 von 10 Menschen weltweit hat eine psychische, neurologische und Substanzgebrauchsstörung, sagt die Weltgesundheitsorganisation. Viele Betroffene in ärmeren Ländern haben keinen Zugang zu Behandlung. In Kenia wird das Problem durch den begrenzten Zugang zu Informationen und die weit verbreitete Diskriminierung, auch in den psychiatrischen Diensten, verschärft. Dies alles wirkt sich auf das Wohlbefinden und die Lebenserwartung aus, insbesondere für junge Menschen in Kenia. Das EU-finanzierte Projekt WAYSIDE geht dieses Problem an, indem es eine Taskforce der kenianischen Regierung unterstützt, welche die Störung im Jahr 2021 zum öffentlichen Gesundheitsnotstand erklärte. Durch die Nutzung digitaler Technologien, die das Wohlbefinden und die Beschäftigung junger Menschen in Kenia fördern, versucht WAYSIDE, einen Unterstützungsrahmen für ein integratives System für psychische Gesundheit zu entwickeln und zu erproben.

Ziel

Psychosocial disability (PD) refers to ‘disabilities that arise from barriers to social participation experienced by people who have or who are perceived to have mental conditions or problems’ According to the World Health Organization, mental, neurological and substance use disorders (MNS) account for more than 10% of the global disease burden of disease and are responsible for 1 in 5 years lived with disability. The global loss of productivity on account of depression and anxiety is estimated to cost the global economy US$1 trillion each year.
In low- and middle- income countries, more than 75% of people with MNS receive no treatment at all for their disorder. In Kenya, unmet need for mental health services (MHS) is worse in young persons compared to adults. Further, poverty and adversities are causes and consequences of poor mental health and persons with PD experience discrimination in mental health service, employment, and social life that affect wellbeing and life expectancy. Mental health services in Kenya are sparse and elude most persons with PD. Access to available MHS is limited by lack of information about where and how to access it, and discriminatory delivery of services. In recognition of the dire need for inclusive mental health services, a recent interagency Government of Kenya Taskforce on Mental Health in 2021 declared mental ill-health in Kenyan society as a national public health emergency. Also, strengthening the Mental Health system is the fourth strategic objective of the Kenya Mental Health Action plan 2021-2025.
This project responds to this need (identified by GOK taskforce) and aligns with the WHO’s vision of a world where ‘all people achieve the highest standard of mental health and well-being’. The overall aim of this project is to develop and pilot a support framework for an inclusive mental health system using digital technologies to promote wellbeing, work, and employment for young persons with PD in Kenya.

Koordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Netto-EU-Beitrag
€ 281 970,72
Adresse
BELFIELD
4 Dublin
Irland

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Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Aktivitätstyp
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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