Advancing Social Innovation

Catalysts for Social and Economic Change

Mental Well-being Campaign

The Bertha Centre pursues its activities with a curiosity about the future and with a humble urgency. The Bertha Centre recognises that by working for justice now, it lays the foundation for equitable and just institutions in the future - that serve ideals and visions befitting of the greater imagination offered by the social justice and innovation movement of the present day. 

Within the Bertha Centre, the Youth Innovation programme was established to support Africa’s young people transitioning from education to employment by uncovering effective, affordable, and inclusive solutions and by supporting the accelerated uptake of these solutions in low-income settings. Work across the portfolio seeks to create an environment in which young people have opportunities to improve their lives by improving their employability and feelings of self-efficacy.

We do this by: A. working with young people between the ages of 15-35 through skills development in social innovation, personal development, entrepreneurship and workplace skills and B. capacitating youth development ecosystems stakeholders to be more systematically impactful and effective.

As part of the Youth Innovations portfolio’s commitment to better support the youth development and wider social development ecosystem, the YD portfolio proposes the development and implementation of a 6-month psychosocial support advocacy campaign,starting in October this 2021.

Underpinning the campaign is the belief that effective delivery of educational and employment programmes that look to produce productive and employed members of society, can not be provided in isolation and without adequate accounting for the importance of mental health and overall well-being. To put it differently, young people require more than just material or educational support, they require psychosocial development and support, which involves the strengthening of ‘psychosocial muscles’ that are vital to human development'.

Our virtual launch event was hosted on 4 November 2021 (14:00–15:30), please check in here for the recording link. \ Here is the link to the Presentation within the webinar.

Please see the Op Ed here.

Here is a resource list for Mental Well-being support nationally and within your region.

Thank you to our partners that worked with us on this initiative;