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Wellbeing and Employability for Youths with Psychosocial Disabilities through Digital Technologies

Descripción del proyecto

Una solución digital para apoyar a jóvenes con discapacidades psicosociales

Más de una de cada diez personas en todo el mundo sufre un trastorno mental, neurológico y por dependencia, según datos de la Organización Mundial de la Salud. En los países más pobres, muchas personas afectadas por estos trastornos no tienen acceso al tratamiento. En Kenia, el problema se ve agravado por el acceso limitado a la información y la discriminación generalizada, incluso en los servicios de salud mental. Todo esto afecta el bienestar y la esperanza de vida, en particular de los jóvenes kenianos. El equipo del proyecto WAYSIDE, financiado con fondos europeos, aborda este problema con el respaldo a un grupo de trabajo del Gobierno keniano, que en 2021 declaró a los trastornos mentales, neurológicos y por dependencia como una emergencia de salud pública. Al aprovechar las tecnologías digitales que promueven el bienestar y el empleo para los jóvenes kenianos, el equipo del proyecto WAYSIDE pretende desarrollar y poner a prueba un marco de apoyo para obtener un sistema de salud mental inclusivo.

Objetivo

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.

Coordinador

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Aportación neta de la UEn
€ 281 970,72
Dirección
BELFIELD
4 Dublin
Irlanda

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Región
Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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