Early in 2020 the Taskforce on Mental Health in Kenya submitted its report to the President. Amongst other things, the report recommended that mental wellbeing be prioritized. However, given the majority of Kenyans associate mental health issues with negative narratives and stigma, the Coalition for Action for Preventive Mental Health strongly feels that by investing in grassroots community prevention and awareness raising, Kenya can employ an approach that builds on Indigenous cultural resources maximizing on adapting innovative and preventive models from other experiences. Such a holistic approach would enhance mental wellbeing, resilience and holistic healing at all levels of society in Kenya.

CAPMHK is a coalition of organizations that work on preventive and protective initiatives in mental health at community level. The coalition conducts mental health advocacy, fundraising, training, research, networking and facilitates partnerships for its members. 
Summary of relevant work: 

In November 2020, CAPMH ran a petition calling for the national government and country governments to invest in mental and wellbeing.

  • The petition also called on the National Treasury and Planning to allocate more funds to community-based mental health services and strengthen infrastructure for prevention and early intervention.
  • Their third call to action was to call on national and county governments to invest and support the implementation of community-based prevention and early intervention as part of holistic healing in all the 47 counties.
The petition was successful and the CAPMH presented it to the CS National Treasury and Planning at the public sector hearings for the financial year 2021/2022 and medium-term budget on the 25th of November 2020.
Key partners: 

Coalition members include:

  • Girls for Girls Africa Mental Health Foundation
  • Susan Gitau Counseling Foundation
  • Kamukunji Community Peace Network (KACPEN)
  • Green String Network
  • DFH-RC
  • Civil Society Organisation Network
  • Kilifi County Youth for Sustainable Development
  • Shakirina Youth for Development
  • Afyakili
  • Engage Jamii Initiatives
  • Brimon Global
  • Reel with Nusrat
  • Nanga Support Network
  • Cry not anymore
  • Blissful Mind Kenya
  • Watanpaal Zalmi
  • Mental Haven
  • Sauti Ya Wanawake
  • Youth Advisory Council (YAC)
  • Mental Health Network
  • Jamii Africa Group
  • Shoulder to Shoulder
  • Ikuze Africa
  • Nisela Group
  • OA Youth
  • SambaSports Youth Agenda
  • Amani Kibera
  • Dignified Children International
  • The Happy Portion Foundation
  • Volunteer Action for Change Kenya
  • My Beautiful Mind
  • Emerge Community Based Organization
  • Health Solutions
  • Mental Health Champions
  • Beautiful Minds
  • Psyche-Interventions
  • Foundation
  • Addictions Prevention & Rehabilitation Association of Kenya
  • Pathways
  • Jinsiangu
  • Shikilia Jamii Initative
  • GreenLife Support Int
  • Bliss or Blisters
  • The Tears Foundation
  • Think Out Loud
  • Together for Better
  • Mental Wellness with a smile
  • Youth Advocacy Program Africa
  • Albain Institute
  • Hope Counseling & Psychotherapy Services
  • Resilience Psychology Counselling
Seeking collaboration with: 
Other organizations
Experts by experience/service users
Policy makers