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Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Kenya: Do We Need a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Policy?

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In this chapter we examine how Kenya, through policies and regulations, influences the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents. Although mental well-being of children is recognized and extensively covered through several acts of parliaments, policies and both global and regional conventions of which Kenya is a signatory, there is a lack of a single platform dedicated to the child and adolescent mental health, as a policy document, where these come together. This can be a limiting factor in the implementation of mental health strategies for children and adolescence.

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  • Children
  • Adolescent
  • Mental health
  • Policy
  • Kenya

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    Case study from Author M.M.

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    Personal story from author A.M., former teacher/clinical psychologist, now lecturer.

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    Case study from author T. M., psychiatric social worker.

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Mathai, M., Mbwayo, A.W., Mutavi, T., Bukusi, D. (2022). Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Kenya: Do We Need a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Policy?. In: Ssewamala, F.M., Sensoy Bahar, O., McKay, M.M. (eds) Child Behavioral Health in Sub-Saharan Africa. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-83707-5_7

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