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November 3, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mental health is a fundamental aspect of overall well-being, both at an individual and collective level. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the already concerning state of mental health worldwide, leading to a 25% increase in depression and anxiety cases globally. In Africa, the situation is equally concerning, with over 116 million people already living with mental health conditions before the pandemic. However, the allocation of resources and investment in mental health care in the region remains inadequate.

Young people, despite their age, are not exempt from these challenges. Mental health conditions account for 16% of the global burden of disease and injury in individuals aged 10-19 years, and Africa’s youthful population, with a median age of 19.7, is particularly affected. Yet, the existing mental health facilities and professionals on the continent are unable to keep up with the rising demand.

For instance, Kenya, with a population of 50 million, only has about 80 psychiatrists, 30 clinical psychologists, and fewer than 500 psychiatric nurses. Similar situations are observed in other countries, highlighting the urgent need to address mental health issues and combat the stigma associated with these disorders.

Efforts to address mental health challenges require increased investment, awareness, and accessible services. Organizations like YIDP are playing a crucial role in advocating for improved mental health care and support for young people in Africa. Together, we can work towards enhancing mental well-being and empowering the youth to lead fulfilling lives, contributing positively to their communities and society as a whole. Join us at the Mental Wellness Dinner to explore possibilities for partnership in hosting a mental health run and an in-person conference. The theme of the event will focus on “Unlocking the potential of PPPs and technology to revolutionize mental health crisis among children, adolescents, and youths in Africa.” Through collaborative efforts, we aim to make a significant impact in improving mental health support and services for the youth in the region.

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November 3, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:


Youth Initiative Development Programme


Weston Hotel Nairobi
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