The Development and Application of a Recovery-Oriented Psychosocial Rehabilitation Toolkit in Kenya: A Community Based Research Initiative for Social Inclusion
This report describes the iterative development and implementation of a recovery-oriented psychosocial rehabilitation Toolkit as part of a larger project designed to support the community-based rehabilitation and recovery of people with serious mental illness living in low resource settings. This joint Canadian-Kenyan community based psychosocial project (see www.createkenya.com) comprises a work integration social enterprise model paired with a low-cost locally developed psychosocial rehabilitation Toolkit in Machakos, Kenya. Early results demonstrate the value of the Toolkit for the local community to advance skills, develop resources and ultimately support social inclusion.
KeywordsRecovery-oriented psychosocial rehabilitation Community inclusion Mental health Low and middle income countries
We are thankful for everyone who generously helped us shape and develop our PSR Toolkit. We are especially thankful to our partners including: Users and Survivors of Psychiatry Kenya and Michael Njenga, several local individuals, families, and loved ones who live with mental illness, patients and staff of Machakos and Mathari Hospitals, and local governmental organizations who provided feedback, support, and resources. We also thank Grand Challenges Canada and the Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, for financial support of this work.
This work was supported by Grand Challenges Canada Stars in Global Health, Round 7 - Phase 1 (Grant number 0641-01-10).
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The authors assert that all procedures contributing to this work comply with the ethical standards of the relevant national and institutional committees on human experimentation and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008.
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