Nurturing the emotional and psychological well-being of our community
PDO Marks Mental Health Day
Focusing on mental health in schools.
Written by Susan Mutahi, 13th October 2017
A mental health charity in Nakuru on Tuesday conducted mental health awareness campaigns and talk therapy sessions for students at Afraha High School and Rurii Secondary School to celebrate this year’s World Mental Health Day.
Psychiatric Disability Organization (PDO), an organization made up of professional counselors and survivors of mental illness conducted the event simultaneously in the two schools.
World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10th every year with the overall objective of raising awareness on mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of better mental health. Mental health in the workplace was the theme for 2017.... Read More
French Embassy Grant
We are happy to have recently received support from the French Embassy in Kenya, through the PISCCA fund. PDO has initiated a socioeconomic integration project for women released from prison.
This project seeks to help these disadvantaged women to overcome systemic social, health and economic disadvantages and to enable them live a normal productive life. the grant also enable PDO to extends psycho-social support to families of the inmates.
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Inmates at Nakuru women's prison are benefiting from a socioeconomic integration project spearheaded by Psychiatric Disability Organization. Rita Tinina narrates.
NAKURU DAILY: Older inmates remembered
Written by Mercy Mon'gare, 3rd October 2017
It was fun and dance at the Nakuru GK prison on Monday when three organizations from Nakuru celebrated the International Day of Older Persons with elderly inmates at the men’s prison.
Psychiatric Disability Organization (PDO), the Kenya Red Cross and Nakuru Players Theater joined hands to bring smiles to the older inmates faces most of whom are spending their twilight years forgotten by families and friends.
The day set aside by the United Nations is commemorated on October 1st. This year’s theme is “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.” Read more
How the Prison Project was Conceived
Mental disorders affect one in four of us over a lifetime. It represents a huge cost to our health care systems and affects some of the world’s most vulnerable people, among them prisoners. Mental illness rate in prisoners is three times higher than in the general population and it is more common in females rather than males.
At Nakuru Women Prison, we work with prison authorities to provide psychosocial support to inmates and prison staff. PDO employs a three-pronged approach;
1. Social support to enhance quality of life,
2. Psychological support to improve mental health, and
3. Emotional well-being and material support for personal items that are inadequate. Read More
NAKURU DAILY: Inmates get legal aid clinic
Written by Susan Mutahi, 23rd September 2017
Kabarak University Law Students teamed up with Psychiatric Disability Organization (PDO), a Nakuru based charity to provide free legal advice to remandees at Nakuru Women Prison.
PDO, a charity that works with the most marginalized and the most vulnerable in Nakuru has a formal working relationship with Nakuru GK Prisons aimed at providing inmates with the much-needed psychological support within prison.
“Inmates and remandees (most of them semi-illiterate) have repeatedly told us how stressful and intimidating court processes are. Lack of representation and more so lack of basic knowledge on how to represent themselves is psychological draining” said Iregi Mwenja the Founder/CEO of PDO. Read more
Why expressive therapy for inmates
Some people have reservation with regards to expressive therapy in prison. We are asked, “Why should we make life easier for these convicts?” “They’ve broken laws and now we’re going to let them play?” “Shouldn’t they be getting punishment for the crime they did?”
I remind them that main reason we have prisons is rehabilitation and usually rehabilitation start in the mind. The first major step towards rehabilitation is psychological and that is why we provide expressive therapy and other forms of therapies to help prisoners accept their status and start reforming.
Secondly, studies have found that about three quarters of female inmates in jails meet the criteria for a mental health diagnosis and co-occurring substance abuse diagnosis. In addition, the majority of incarcerated women have a history of trauma including sexual, emotional and physical abuse as children and adults and have a co-occurring mental health diagnoses at the time of incarceration. Read More