In as much as it is well established that armed conflict, resulting from either political or ethnic violence, impacts adversely on children’s mental health, psychosocial interventions for affected children have received little research attention. There have been many studies conducted on young people’s mental health needs, but there is still limited evidence on what helps children affected in post- conflict areas.
The aim of this study was to assess the impact of such an intervention to help children exposed to ethnic violence in Nakuru, Kenya, to cope better with their distress and other mental health problems. The study was carried out in two linked phases. In phase 1, focus groups were held with community stakeholders (young people, parents, teachers and other professionals) to establish their views on children’s mental health needs and culturally acceptable interventions.
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Many internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in Nakuru County are considering ending their lives because of the harsh living conditions they have experienced since the 2007/2008 post-election violence (PEV).
In a study published earlier this month by BMC Public Health, the victims of the violence that brought Kenya literally to its knees, say they regret being born and wonder when their misery will end.
Internally displaced persons (IDPs) are among the most vulnerable people in the world today. Previous research highlights that conflict-induced forced displacement can cause problems with mental health and wellbeing. This study aimed to contribute to this body of knowledge by investigating the mental health, quality of life, and life satisfaction among IDPs living in Nakuru, Kenya.