Our Story

Psychiatric Disability Organization (PDO Kenya) is a user-led community-based mental health organisation from Nakuru, Kenya. It was formed and is run by mental health lived experience experts and clinicians. We are driven by a passion for promoting mental wellness and assisting those affected to recover in dignity within their community. We are also youth-focused and youth-led, with the average age of our team at  27.7 years.

Our key pillars

  1. Mental health equity – reducing disparity is access to quality care caused by systemic neglect and discrimination.

  2. Community-based, recovery-oriented services – attains WHO Quality Rights standards, focused on recovery and keeping people away from institutions.

  3. Person-centred, human rights-based approach – services are respectful, non-coercive and protect the person’s dignity.

  4. Technological innovation in service delivery – we harness the power of technology to reduce cost, increase coverage and avail specialist care to underserved communities.

  5. Power of lived experience expertise – experts by lived experience are at the centre of care and service delivery.  


Quality Services

Clinical services are person-centered and human rights-based. Our services are respectful and non-coercive, and conform to WHO #QualityRights standards 


Peer-led Advocacy 

Lived experience experts lead efforts to promote respect for human rights to reduce stigma and discrimination. The champions are also lay mental health service providers.


Social Support

Peer-to-peer support to create a solid support network and a forum to learn, share, and provide psychosocial support to each other