Mending Minds Foundation is determined to increase Mental Health literacy in communities, to individuals, social workers, primary carers, and organisations. With the Media Houses it is crucial to be aware of reporting guidelines on Mental Health and Suicide keeping in mind the role media plays in our society today.Mental Health and Suicide prevention, needs understanding to identify warning signs of Mental Health difficulties, self-harm or suicide which communities/individuals can act on primarily before seeking professional help. Each and everyone of us has a role to play in preventing suicide and Mental Health awareness.
Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone faint or whose nose is bleeding but too few of us would know how to respond if we were concerned that a friend, family, or co-worker might be showing warning signs of Mental Health illnesses or difficulties.
When more people are equipped with Mental Health information, they can easily take action and more people can get the help they may need without judgement, shame before higher risks of Mental Health difficulties.Together we can save many lives.
There are 100 psychiatrists in Kenya serving a 47M population and less that 500 psychiatric nurses in Kenya
There are about 100 psychiatrists of which 85% of them are based in Nairobi and only 1 psychiatrist per 1M population outside Nairobi
5 in 6 Kenyans suffer from mental illness do not receive treatment
1 in 7 outpatient visits in Nairobi County are due to mental disorder
Kenya is among the 54 WHO member states that do not have a separate budget for Mental Health.
Suicide is preventable, yet it is estimated that a person dies by suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world. This equates to over 800,000 people dying by suicide worldwide each year.
In Kenya 6.1 people in every 100,000 die by suicide with men being at the highest risk category and almost 500 people were reported to have taken their own lives between the month of March 2020 to June 2020, the death recorded during the period were marked increase on the annual average of about 320 cases. While 75% of Mental Health problems start before the age of 24.
Only 1% share of health budgets is allocated to mental health annually
The effect is that patients with Mental disorders face difficulties in accessing Mental healthcare services. Their families in turn must bear the burden of living with their untreated sick persons who remain unproductive, dependent, and sometimes a risk to themselves, the family and the society depending on the nature and extent of illness.
Mental disorders are more common than heart disease and cancer combined. However, for too long, Mental illnesses and substance use disorders have been treated as separate and tangential to our overall health and well-being. Because of this, accessing mental health services is not as simple as making an appointment with your local hospital. The stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use disorders often prevents people from seeking treatment, and those who do they can’t afford the services or are not sure where to go.
Mending Minds foundation is here to also connect you with the appropriate help.