Project profile — Safeguarding the Rights of Populations At-Risk for Ill-Mental Health in Guyana


IDRF - International Development and Relief Foundation (CA-CRA_ACR-3132542705)
2022-01-26 - 2025-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Guyana (100.00%)


• Noncommunicable diseases: Promotion of mental health and well-being (12340) (90.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Population policy and administrative management (13010) (10.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (principal objective)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project seeks to enhance the dignity and rights of vulnerable Guyanese through strengthening availability and capacity of mental health services at both the school and community levels. Project activities include: (1) conducting gender equality, child rights and protection audits in target schools; (2) gender-sensitive training for school counselors in confidential counseling, screening and referral pathways in target schools; (3) training of peer mental health and addiction survivors in strengths-based resilience and crisis intervention, promoting communities of care and outreach to vulnerable people; (4) training of facility-based Health Care Workers in mental health management priorities; and (5) training of Community Health Workers in providing rights-based mental health service, substance abuse and suicide attempt first aid. The project will benefit 67,250 men, women, boys and girls in vulnerable communities across Guyana.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) enhanced gender-responsive education for equitable inclusion and wellbeing among young women and men in regions 1-6 in Guyana; and (2) strengthened mental health resilience of mental health survivors in all regions.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) trained 1,312 students in cognitive behavioural therapy, and gender-sensitive mental health education and awareness; (2) trained three peer mental health and addiction survivors in cognitive behavioural therapy and crisis intervention; (3) conducted 50 community care visits by peer mental health workers; (4) trained 13 health care workers in mental health management; (5) reached 9,473 persons with mental health messaging via ‘Let's Talk Guyana’ campaign; (6) trained 35 persons in gender equality and inclusion; (7) trained 113 persons in Strengths-based Resilience; and (8) 2,996 persons reported receiving mental health services at the public health facility and community levels.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $500,000
Planned disbursement $950,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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