Linked Mental Health is an award linked to the programmatic grant of the Partnership for Innovative Medical Education in Kenya (PRIME Kenya). The program focuses on creating expertise in research on the prevention and treatment of mental health disorders in Kenya through the University of Nairobi’s College of Health Sciences.
Common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder negatively impact health outcomes for millions of individuals with physical health conditions. Despite clear links between mental illnesses and poor health outcomes, little research is conducted in Kenya on prevention and treatment of common mental disorders, particularly in general medical settings where the vast majority of Kenyans receive care.
To address this gap in expertise, the University of Nairobi (UON) works with its clinical partner Kenyatta National Hospital, and the University of Washington (UW), to build interdisciplinary research training programs for its faculty and students.
The program AIMS are;
To improve mental health research capacity at UON by training faculty from psychiatry, psychology, nursing and public health in mental health research methodology and implementation science and providing them with tools needed to be effective mentors
To focus on training postgraduates in these disciplines in mental health research through coursework and mentored research projects that take an implementation science approach
To establish a mental health research resource centre based at UON and supported by UON and UW faculty which will provide screening/intervention tools and technical expertise