Mental 360 takes a not-for-profit social enterprise model. This is key to long term sustainability and our effort to reduce donor reliance. Social impact community programs are donor funded while our services are offered to corporate organisations at price value and to the general public on a sliding scale model( people get to pay what they can afford and those who can not afford are assessed and given services for free)
Our definition of at-risk persons is not just about their socio-economic situation, we appreciate that mental health challenges affect everyone no matter their background and we make available to all and sundry meeting them at their point of need.
We are aware that well informed and designed solutions more often than not fail because they do not meet the needs of the target population or engage them in ways they can appreciate. At Mental 360 we have tailor made our approach to our target audience in order to deepen our impact and increase our reach. These include:-
i) Use of storytelling, art( theatre, poetry and music) and experiential learning in delivery. This has proven to be a powerful tool in awareness creation as the engagement with our audience is authentic,relatable and unforgettable.
ii) Human Centred Design- Our program design and implementation is participatory and flexible for constant iteration to best meet the needs of our audience.
iii) User-led interventions- Nothing for us, without us. We involve the various groups we work with, with representation in the organisation. Within the programs the participants are empowered to reproduce the training or knowledge in their own spaces.
iv) Inclusive. We are non-discriminatory and so our services are open to all persons devoid of age, background, affiliation, or gender.
- Mental health support systems for the primary audience of youth (15-35 years of age) through Boma mental health clubs in schools; physical wellness activities; Mental Health Talks/Panel Discussions; Affordable Counselling; developing the Boma community- a digital wellness platform for mobile and web.
- Mental health awareness and destigmatisation through Social Media, Community engagement in campaigns and training and the Cradle Arts Festival.
- Business Development to ensure long term sustainability of the organisation and its work.
- Livelihood. Economic empowerment for persons with mental disability to build resilience and independence for persons with mental disability.
- Knowledge management and learning.
- Advocacy, a focus area that aims to facilitate development, promotion of policies that positively advance mental health care and rights for persons with mental disabilities.
Our Program Focus Areas