The frequency of news on suicides and crimes of passions has gone up in recent times bringing to fore the Mental Health Crisis in Kenya that has been overlooked for a very long time. Unfortunately, mental disorders come with a tag of shame and stigma in the Kenyan and African society at large making it hard for people to seek help when they need it.
A research conducted by Daily Nation had shocking revelations, with suicides being the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 15-29 years. The research also points out that one out of 4 people suffer a mental disorder at some point in their lives, with Kenya ranking 6th in Africa with about 2 million people with depression. What is most shocking however, is the inadequate support for the Mental Health sector with just 62 psychiatrists in Kenya and a lack of separate budget for Mental Health as is the case in 54 other member states of WHO.
Nominated Senator, Sylvia Kasanga has sponsored a Bill to amend the Mental Health Act. Watch the two-part interview and share your thoughts regarding the Bill on the comment section. Alternatively, register and comment directly on the bill on our Dokeza platform https://dokeza.mzalendo.com/bills/bill-act-parliament-amend-mental-health-act-and-co/ and let your view count as we push for a healthier Kenya.