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Embrace those suffering from mental illness, Pastor Dorcas urges


The Spouse of the Deputy President Pastor Dorcas Rigathi has called on Kenyans to help those dealing with mental illness to help them overcome their situation.

Speaking when she opened the storytelling for mental health forum at Daystar University, Valley Road Pastor Dorcas however called on the communities to embrace those suffering from mental illnesses.

“Even in that condition (Mental illness), if you can control and have a family that is supportive and a community around you that understands you it is possible to overcome and that condition becomes your platform to help others. “She said.

“If your working community or the people around you are not understanding you, and they become judgmental, it will drive you crazy and might even drive you to your grave. Mental Health is a crisis in our country, and the World, even in the Universities.” She added.

The CEO of My Afya Africa supported the sentiments by Pastor Dorcas adding that mental health is a societal responsibility.

“Mental Health is not a personal issue, but a societal responsibility. If one of us is not affected, I am sure we have had an experience. “She said.

The forum brings together University, College and TVET students, therapists among other stakeholders.

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