Difu Simo is an engagement project in Kilifi, Kenya, which aims to promote dialogue among communities about mental health, to raise awareness and reduce associated stigma. The project has implemented massive mental health engagement campaigns combining expertise of collaborators in health research, film, local culture, and community members. Difu Simo’s approaches include educational forums, songs, dances, poems, as well as culturally sensitive participatory videos created by people affected by mental health problems.

Judy Baariu

Difu Simo Mental Health Engagement Project

Judy Baariu is a trained nurse and scientist currently working as a research officer within the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya. She is passionate about promotion and prevention in mental health particularly in low resource settings. Her work currently involves coordination of day-to-day activities of a mental health engagement project called “Difu Simo”, which means “Breaking Free”, where she also leads participatory videos activities, aimed at participatory mental health promotion.

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