Organization Profile

Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in Kenya (USPKenya) is a non-governmental organization that was established and registered in Kenya in the year 2007. It is a membership organization whose major objective is to promote and advocate for the rights of persons with psychosocial disability.

The organization is affiliated with the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (www.wnsup.net) and its African affiliate the Pan-African Network of People with Psychosocial Disabilities (PANPEP – formerly PANUSP-www.panusp.org).

USPKenya has been operating in Kenya for the past 9 years and has transformed the lives of persons with psychosocial disabilities especially through influencing policy and legislation, rights-based advocacy and also through participatory public education programs using different media such as TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and the internet on mental health issues. The organization has also participated in international conferences and other forums.

Overall Objective

To promote and advocate for the rights of persons with psychosocial disability in Kenya in order to enable them live and work as productive members of society.

Specific Objectives
1) To promote the welfare of persons with psychosocial disability including:
(a) Establishing and facilitating community based peer support groups;
(b) Through advocacy, awareness creation and public education;
(c) Advocating for access to services within their communities on an equal basis with others.
2) To build a robust user and survivor movement in Kenya for persons with psychosocial disability;
3) Engaging in law reform processes to ensure that issues affecting persons with psychosocial disability are mainstreamed in the domestic legal framework in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
4) To build strategic relationships with relevant stakeholders to advance the human rights discourse for persons with psychosocial disability.

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