Community REcovery Achieved Through Entrepreneurism

    Why are we doing this?

    People with serious mental illness living in low income contexts often lack opportunities for meaningful employment and psychosocial support – key factors to recovery.



    What are we doing?

    CREATE will address this gap by developing a locally-viable social business and accompanying evidence-based Recovery-Oriented Psychosocial Rehabilitation Toolkit to employ and support the overall functioning and wellbeing of people living with mental illness.


    Check out this powerful 2 minute trailer on CREATE. Made by CREATE's in-house designer Philippe Schlesser!




    Click on posts below to see what's new with CREATE Kenya!

    November 12, 2018
    The Advocacy Incubator has experienced some amazing successes since its creation in June of 2017. The Incubator is comprised of eight passionate members who have developed and implemented a number of advocacy initiatives in the local community including peer support, marching in large awareness...
    In July and August 2018, Romaisa joined Global MINDS fellows in Nairobi, Kenya to work on the PSR Toolkit Implementation Study. Since 2015, the PSR Toolkit has been tested in various Kenyan settings such as Point Tech and Machakos Level 5 hospital, we have seen promising results in these settings...
    In June and July 2018, Michelle Quaye MD(c) and Robyn Masters PhD(c) moved to Nairobi, Kenya, working out of a small apartment shared with three colleagues. With the support of the African Mental Health Foundation they had two months to launch a pilot of a new entrepreneurial support model that...
    The eight members of the Advocacy Incubator (developed by Team Watetezi, a Global MINDS Fellowship Program team) have been hard at work creating and implementing advocacy initiatives in Machakos! Since the beginning, Incubator members have participated, in partnership with international NGOs ...
    December 1, 2017
    Congratulations to three Global MINDS @ Western Fellows for a well-deserved win! The Fellows [Education PhD student Robyn Masters (left), Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry student Michelle Quaye (middle), and Education PhD student, Richelle Bird (right)], won the Western World's Challenge...
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    Dr. Arlene MacDougall

    Principal Investigator

    Dr. MacDougall is a psychiatrist and researcher with the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University in London, Ontario, Canada

    Dr. David Ndetei

    Co-Principal Investigator

    Dr. Ndetei is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and founder and Director of the Africa Mental Health Foundation

    Dr. Sean Kidd

    Co-Principal Investigator

    Dr. Kidd is a psychologist and researcher with the Department of Psychiatry at University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Dr. Terry Krupa


    Dr. Krupa is an occupational therapist and a researcher with the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

    Dr. Rosemary Lysaght


    Dr. Lysaght is an occupational therapist and researcher, and Chair of the Program in Occupational Therapy at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

    Dr. Victoria Mutiso


    Dr. Mutiso is a Clinical Psychologist, Research Fellow, and Director of Research, Administration, and Finance at the Africa Mental Health Foundation

    Ruth Ruhara

    Project/Business Development Officer

    Ruth is the CREATE project/business development officer at Africa Mental Health Foundation. She recently obtained her Master of Science degree in Project Management

    Dr. Regina Casey


    Regina is an occupational therapist and researcher, and clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia

    Romaisa Pervez

    Research Assistant

    Romaisa is the research assistant for CREATE Kenya at the Parkwood Mental Health Institute in London, Ontario, Canada. She is doing her MSc. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University

    Dr. Marlene Janzen Le Ber


    Dr. Le Ber is Associate Professor and Chair, School of Leadership & Social Change, Brescia University College at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada

    Dr. Oana Branzei


    Dr. Branzei is Donald F. Hunter Professor of International Business and Associate Professor of Strategy at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada


    Andrea Huitrón

    Business Development

    Andrea is an MBA Graduate from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University

    Owen Chung

    Business Development

    Owen is an MBA Graduate from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University

    Richelle Bird

    Research Assistant

    Richelle is a Master's level mental health therapist and clinical research assistant at London Health Sciences Centre in the Prevention & Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP)

    Philippe Schlesser


    Philippe is the director and a designer at DesignAID, an organization dedicated to developing services and product solutions that benefit underserved communities around the world

    Varsha Jayaraman

    PSR Toolkit Development Student

    Varsha recently graduated with her MSc in Occupational Therapy from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

    Jessamyn Little

    PSR Toolkit Development Student

    Jessamyn is a fourth year medical student at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry in the Windsor Program at Western University

    Mitchell Canes

    PSR Toolkit Expansion Student

    Mitch is going into his fourth year of medicine a the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western
    University in London, Ontario, Canada

    Elizabeth Price

    Research Assistant

    Elizabeth was the former research assistant at the Parkwood Mental Health Institute in London, Ontario, Canada. She obtained her Master of Arts degree in Social Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada



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    CREATE Kenya has been supported by funding and partnerships with the following organizations.

    The proof of concept for CREATE Kenya was funded through a generous grant from Grand Challenges Canada.

    The Africa Mental Health Foundation is our primary partner on the ground in Kenya.

    Users and Survivors of Psychiatry Kenya

    Users and Survivors of Psychiatry Kenya (USPKenya) is a membership organization whose major objective is to promote and advocate for the rights of persons with mental health conditions in Kenya. USPKenya's support in organizing and hosting focus groups has been indispensable to CREATE Kenya.

  • How Can You Help?

    Your donations are what keep CREATE Kenya Thriving! Help us continue to enable people with serious mental illness in Kenya to achieve their full potential!

    Click on this link to donate to CREATE!


    Once you have navigated to the link above:



    1) Select "New gift"


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    4) When asked "Where would you like to direct your gift?" click "other" and type "CREATE Fund" into the designated field


    5) Select the amount you would like to donate, and enter in your payment information!


    THANK YOU from all of us at CREATE!



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