The Conversation on Mental Health can not be ignored anymore…

Posted by on 27th February 2019

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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 and let your view count as we push for a healthier Kenya.