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dc.contributor.authorMemiah, Peter
dc.contributor.authorWagner, Fernando A.
dc.contributor.authorKimathi, Robert
dc.contributor.authorAnyango, Naomi Idah
dc.contributor.authorKiogora, Samuel
dc.contributor.authorWaruinge, Stella
dc.contributor.authorKiruthi, Faith
dc.contributor.authorMwavua, Shillah
dc.contributor.authorKithinji, Celina
dc.contributor.authorAgache, Jeremiah Okuto
dc.contributor.authorMangwana, Wincolyne
dc.contributor.authorMerci, Niyibeshaho Marie
dc.contributor.authorAyuma, Leonidah
dc.contributor.authorMuhula, Samuel
dc.contributor.authorOpanga, Yvonne
dc.contributor.authorNyambura, Maureen
dc.contributor.authorIkahu, Annrita
dc.contributor.authorOtiso, Lillian
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-12T12:53:01Z
dc.date.available2022-05-12T12:53:01Z
dc.date.issued2022-05-01
dc.identifier.issn16617827
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10713/18816
dc.description.abstractStudies including adolescents and young people (AYP) enhance the relevance of research results, benefit stakeholders, and inform future research. There exists a mental health gap in services for AYP living in low and middle-income countries. This study aims to identify mental health challenges faced by adolescents and young people in Kenya, develop practical recommendations to mitigate these issues, and reduce the mental health burden among this population. We convened an AYP-led meeting that involved 41 participants. The meeting objectives were to (1) identify efforts to support existing national and regional strategic priorities and review goals for addressing mental health needs among AYPs, (2) develop immediate action plans for strengthened mental health services, (3) review and strengthen country-level coordination mechanisms, and (4) identify how participating county experiences can inform mental health services in Kenya. Ministry of Health (MoH) officials from national and county levels, academic experts, and implementing partner agencies involved in mental health services participated in the meeting. The team, including AYP representatives, identified various mental health challenges among the AYA and recommended interventions aimed towards improving their mental health situation in the country. The challenges were clustered into three themes and comprehensively reviewed to establish the precipitating factors to mental health outcomes among AYPs in Kenya and provide recommendations. The themes included (1) legislative, (2) service provider/Ministry of Health, and (3) adolescent/individual-level factors. To bridge the mental health gap in the country and scale up mental health outcomes, the stakeholders recommended interventions within the context of the three clusters. The key suggestions included an increase in insurance financing, acceleration of community health interventions, the establishment of adolescent-friendly spaces, the training of adolescent youth champions, interactive service provision models, implementation of the existing mental health policies and structures, the development of comprehensive assessment tools, well equipped mental health departments in health facilities, the enhancement of telehealth services and digital villages, the mobilization of a functional mental health response team, and the development of a mental health database. © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ 4.0/).en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore Countyen_US
dc.description.urihttps://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095366en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMDPI AGen_US
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Healthen_US
dc.subjectadolescents and young peopleen_US
dc.subjectdigital healthen_US
dc.subjectmental healthen_US
dc.subjectMinistry of Health (MoH)en_US
dc.subjectparticipatory researchen_US
dc.subjectYouth Advisory Champions for Health (YACH)en_US
dc.titleVoices from the Youth in Kenya Addressing Mental Health Gaps and Recommendationsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/ijerph19095366
dc.source.journaltitleInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
dc.source.volume19
dc.source.issue9


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