KIDS is a program in Kenya whose focus is on promoting mental health, preventing illness and treating existing mental illness among children. Child and adolescent mental illness is one of the seven Grand challenges on mental health. The project provided an approach which aimed at promoting children’s mental well-being and support of positive cognitive development to break the vicious cycle of mental illness from continuing through adulthood which might have a detrimental effect on the individual’s quality of life.

KIDS has demonstrated the feasibility of a multi-stakeholder intervention service model that maximizes the potential of children by promoting mental well-being, preventing mental illness, and treating existing mental illness.