Shamiri: A Simple, Scalable, and Stigma-Free Mental Health Intervention for Adolescents in Kenya

Shamiri means “thrive” in Kiswahili. The Shamiri intervention empowers youth by providing a free, school-based intervention in which recent high school graduates help students integrate three positive psychological principles (growth mindset, gratitude, and value affirmations) into their lives.

By using a strengths-based approach, youth can focus on character strengths and emotional wellbeing in a stigma-free way. Through multiple randomized controlled trials, the Shamiri intervention has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety among adolescents, as well as improve academic grades.

To learn more about the Shamiri mental health intervention in Kenya, view the recording here.

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