Kindly Support Adolescents & Youths Mental health in Tanzania
Why supporting adolescents and youths in Tanzania?
Did you know that Tanzania like other sub-Saharan countries and other parts of the world, according to World Health Organization (WHO), Around 1 in 5 children and adolescents have a mental disorder such as depression, stress related, anxiety, trauma etc. There is rise of suicide cases among 15-29 years, Gender Based Violence around Tanzania communities, unsafe sex, sexual abuse, childhood abuse, or neglect, domestic violence, bullying, etc.
Reports show that 5-12% of 10- 24 years old have experienced drug use such as alcohol, cigarette, cannabis and khat and 2.1% have injected themselves with drugs, also, 11% of sexually experienced girls aged 15-19 reported that they have experienced sexual violence, 12.7% of boys and 12.6% of girls have experienced physical violence.
Youths with mental health conditions are at greater risk for HIV (injecting drug use, unsafe sex, sexual abuse) and less likely seek information and mental health services. The consequences of not addressing youth mental health conditions extend to adulthood, impairing both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling lives as adults.
This campaign is about to advocating, promoting, supporting as well as implementing various prevention and intervention measures such as psychosocial support, psychoeducation, mental health awareness.
Moreover, to help them develop coping strategies and skills for enhancing knowledge and understanding of mental health problems and psychological challenges, relaxation, mindfulness meditation techniques, managing stress, stigma, seeking social support, resilience, self-esteem, belief in their own abilities, reduce emotional and behavioral issues.
Some of the methodologies to be used will include but not limited to peer mentorship/ support (in groups, workshops, seminars, use focus group discussions, specific forms of problem-solving approaches, mental health group activities and exercises, establishing mental health clubs.
These methodologies will be implemented in schools, colleges, universities, and community settings. These funds will be for enabling transports, counsellors, mindfulness trainers, volunteers, stationeries, graphics (photos, video & audio) production, bites and drinks, brochures, monitoring & evaluation