MULTI-SECTORAL STAKEHOLDER TEAM APPROACH TO SCALE-UP COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH IN KENYA: BUILDING ON LOCALLY-GENERATED EVIDENCE AND LESSONS LEARNED (TEAM)
TEAM aims to effectively integrate mental health services, with minimal expenditure of resources, into pre-existing, community-based, government funded, formal and informal health services in Kenya.
Objective 1: To strengthen effective, self-driven leadership and governance to maximize community mental health ownership and sustainability in Makueni County.
Objective 2: To provide comprehensive community mental health awareness to trained staff at the health facilities to promote health seeking behaviour in the population.
Objective 3: To continually document and collect data on all the activities to monitor and evaluate TEAM.
The activities of Team are focused on the following four key areas:
- Training – of both formal and informal health workers in screening and identification of mental illnesses.
- Mental health literacy – providing mental health information to raise awareness.
- Stakeholder engagement – involving all relevant stakeholders and existing healthcare structures from the community level to the county government level to support mental health service provision.
- Policy – influencing policy in support of mental health service provision.