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Mental health is an area of massive concern across the world and Kenya is no exception.
A staggering 1 out of 4 persons who seek healthcare in Kenya have a mental health condition.
Depression is common and there are increasing rates of substance and alcohol use disorders.
The Taskforce on Mental Health recommended that mental illness should be declared a National Emergency of epidemic proportions, to prioritize mental health as a priority public health and socioeconomic agenda. The Taskforce also recommended the establishment of a mental health commission and happiness, to advise, coordinate and continuously monitor the status of mental health, and report on the annual National Happiness Index.
The key findings of the Taskforce indicate that Kenya has a high burden of mental illness due to ill health, psychosocial disability and premature mortality with huge gaps in access to care.
The majority of Kenyans associate mental health and mental illness with negative narratives leading to a low focus on the importance and benefits of mental health and wellbeing, the report says.
And that’s why as SEP, we are currently leading discussions and knowledge sharing on the management of mental health as a health condition among rural communities of Homabay County.