report by the in 2014, Kenya ranks fourth in (WHO) with 1.9 million people suffering from depression. in is a critical issue that affects people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. According to a The Kenyan National Commission of Human Rights estimates that 25% and 40% of outpatients and inpatients respectively suffer from mental health conditions
- Investing: Compared to physical health, people are reluctant to invest in mental health. Because of this, only a percentage of people get the help they need. Adequate investment will ensure that early intervention and preventive care are available.
- Safe spaces: Encourage discussions on mental health that address stigma, discrimination, and how to seek help.
- Habits: Some lifestyles are detrimental to mental health; improving eating habits and engaging in physical activities can be a start to better living.
Well-being programs and treatments will not address the underlying factors of mental health. Mental health is a lifelong journey. It is necessary to conduct public awareness campaigns on the illness, prevention, management, and treatment. These campaigns provide an avenue for demystifying stigma and influencing policy to address the situation.
As a community to improve results, comprehensive systems of support and services will need to be redesigned by creating new and drastically different models of care and support that have the potential to reverse the distressing effects of mental health and enable people and communities to thrive. Let us work together towards building a thriving nation where everyone has access to quality mental health care.