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About us

Who we are

Alika is a Swahili word that means to invite. Alika invites you inside, invites you to think differently about mental health and finally, invites you to become part of a support system. 


A world in which people with mental illnesses and their families as provided with the services and support they need to thrive.



To create opportunities for families affected by mental ill-health to thrive through provision of accessible treatment, human rights advocacy and provision of social support


  •  Efficiency –to best use the available resources to meet the needs of those we serve

  • Relatability- to create an environment where people feel understood

  • Advocacy- ensure people feel spoken for, can speak for themselves and others.

  • Service- to offer quality help to those with mental-ill health.

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What we do

 Alika was formed as a result of personal experiences and the need to bridge the gap in mental health care. We seek to improve mental health literacy, provide accessible treatment to the underserved populations, and champion the rights of families and people affected by mental ill-health.


We provide community-based mental health care using a stepped-care approach. Interventions start with low-intensity, low-cost interventions at the self-care and community level using task shifted peers. The approach seeks to maximize efficiency by deploying peers and using available human resources according to need, reserving the most specialized and intensive resources for those with the most complex or severe problems.

Our Objectives

  1. Provide a human and empathetic support to people in distress through online and face-to-face interactions;

  2. Provide affordable, quality community-based mental health services to disadvantaged people at the grassroots;

  3. Initiate and run innovative advocacy activities to galvanize the society and government attention to mental health;

  4. Promote new evidence-based models and programs based on recovery and social inclusion;

  5. Establish and manage right-based mental health recovery centres within community settings. 

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