Mental Hospitals Kenya

Psychiatric hospitals, also known as mental hospitals, mental asylums or  asylums, are hospitals or wards specializing in the treatment of serious mental illness, such as clinical depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.(read: List of Psychiatrists in Kenya)

Mental Health in Kenya

Africa faces a skills shortage, in spite of training suitably qualified professionals. This is particularly evident in the discipline of Psychiatry.The case is not different here in Kenya.
The number of mental disorder cases has risen exponentially in Kenya with official data indicating that that approximately 20-25 percent of outpatients seeking primary healthcare present symptoms of mental illness at any one time.(Performance Audit Report on Provision of Mental Healthcare Services in Kenya)
Kenyan psychiatry is under resourced in terms of personnel, which appears to be the case for most African countries relative to those in the developed world.
Based on the World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, between 10 and 20 percent of children and adolescents globally suffer from mental disorders like depression.Kenya is among the top 10 most depressed countries in Africa

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List of Psychiatric Hospitals / Clinics in Kenya

The Outspan Hospital : Psychology Department
Outspan hospital runs its mental clinic( Psychology department) with the following objectives :
To describe behavior
To explain why certain behaviors and processes occur
To predict future events
To change behaviors and mental processes
Services offered at Psychology department at the Outspan:

Chemical dependency (drug and substance abuse) counseling
Adolescent/youth counseling
Grief, loss and bereavement counseling
VCT/HIV counseling
Family and Marriage counseling
Trauma counselling
Stress management
Anger management
Psychological assessment
Crisis Intervention such as divorce and its effects on children
Outreach programs- talks to schools, corporate organizations,churches
Adjustment disorders
Depression and Mood Disorders
Contact Information
The Outspan Hospital- Main Hospital
Along Baden Powell road
P.O Box 2058-10100, NYERI, Kenya.
Hotline : 061-2030742
Emergency Line : +254 722696901

Chiromo Lane Medical Centre (CLMC) 
located on Chiromo lane Westlands
Address: P.O Box 1501-00606
Nairobi. Kenya
Tel: 0729 359 501, 0786 265 143

Mathari National Teaching & Referral Hospital Nairobi
Mathari hospital is a specialized National Referral, Training and Research Public Institution in mental health. It’s located along Nairobi-Thika Road.
With an in-house capacity of 700 patients, Mathari is the main teaching psychiatric hospital in Kenya. It is used as a training center for many institutions including the University of Nairobi and Kenya Medical Training College. Besides psychiatric training and treatment, the hospital also offers general medical services including maternity and VCT. It also has a diabetic clinic, a fully-fledged laboratory and x-ray facilities.
Contact Information
telephone: 0202337694, 020337694
Google map of mathari national teaching and referral hospital

Kenyatta National Hospital : Mental Health Department
Kenyatta National Hospital is currently the largest referral and teaching hospital in the country.

Contact information
0709 854000
0730 643000
0722 829500/1
020 4243000
020 7244000
020 2726300 -11
KNH Research and Programs Dept:
020 2115953
Labour ward : 020 2711515
Referral: 0719 510510 this number is for use by hospitals referring patients ONLY

Fax: + 254 20 2725 272
P. O. Box 20723 – 00202
Google map for kenyatta National hospital

Aga Khan Hospital : Psychiatric Clinic
The Aga Khan Hospital Kisumu holds a Psychiatry Clinic every Wednesday from 14h00 to 16h00
contact information
Telephone: +254 3662253 or 3740000 ext. 2253
Outpatient department Reception
Telephone: +254 3662029 / 3662254 or 3740000 ext. 2029 / 2254

MP Shah Hospital : Mental Health Clinic

Mp shah mental clinic is open on Monday 8:30am to 11:30am
Wednesday 1:30pm to 3:30pm
For clients with mental health problems: psychosis, depression, schizophrenia, addictions, etc.
located on Shivachi Road in Parklands area, Nairobi, Kenya.
You can easily reach Mp Shah by public transport (“matatu”) by boarding a no. 118 minivan from town and then ask the conductor to notify you to alight at M.P. Hospital bus stop.

You can also hire a taxi and request them to drop you at M.P. Shah Hospital, Parklands.

Contact information
Telephone Numbers:
+254 20 4291 000.
0733 606113.
0733 606752.
0722 204427.
0722 783350.
NB: Mp Shah clinics are done on bookings. Kindly call on working hours Monday to Friday 8:00am-4.30PM, Saturday 8:00am to 12:30pm. Tel.: 020-4291284/327 Nurse, 020-4291000 Clinics
Google map of Mp Shah Hospital

The Nairobi West Hospital : Psychiatry Department
they do operate their mental health clinic , their board certified psychiatrists are devoted to the study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders. These include various affective, behavioral, cognitive and perceptual abnormalities.
Contact information
Nairobi West Hospital

0722 200 944, 0734 200 944

0722 200 944

Gandhi Ave, Nairobi, Kenya

Meridian Health Group : Karatina Recovery Center
Karatina Recovery Centre (KRC) was established in November 2014 as a residential rehabilitation and treatment centre for mental and behavioral disorders, specifically substance abuse and addiction.

contact information
Tel: (Mobile) 0719 802 206 | (Wireless) 020 – 2691542
Address: P.O. Box 50443 – 00200, Nairobi, Kenya.

Provincial General Hospitals / Referral Hospitals

All provincial general hospitals have their own mental health units.
These hospitals are

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References/ Citations:

  1. Jenkins, R., Kiima, D., Njenga, F., Okonji, M., Kingora, J., Kathuku, D. and Lock, S., 2010. Integration of mental health into primary care in Kenya. World Psychiatry, 9(2), pp.118-120.
  2. Ndetei, David Musyimi. The Walk towards the promise: A View of Mental Health in Global, Kenyan and Individual Perspectives. University of Nairobi, 2001.
  3. Ndetei, D.M., Ongetcha, F.A., Mutiso, V., Kuria, M., Khasakhala, L.A. and Kokonya, D.A., 2007. The challenges of human resources in mental health in Kenya. African Journal of Psychiatry, 10(1), pp.33-36.