Mental illness cases on the rise, CAS Nadia Ahmed warns

Written By: Jackie Wambiru/Hunja Macharia

The Government is implementing a comprehensive and inclusive mental health program in the wake of increased cases of mental illness.

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ICT, Innovation and Youth CAS Nadia Ahmed says mental illness is threatening the country’s development and there is need to speed up programs to address the problem.

The CAS spoke when she presiding over a week long mental health awareness program among the youth.

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Nadia says the rise in mental health related cases in the Country such as depression and suicide has seen the national youth council convene a stakeholders meeting to deliberate on mental health and its effect on the youth.

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She said the Mental Health Wellness Week should create a platform for stakeholders to come up with lasting solutions for the problem.

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The CAS said the Government is working towards ending the stigmatization & discrimination of people suffering from mental health saying it is a violation of their human rights.

She said sensitizing communities on mental health is a step in the right direction saying lack of awareness on the condition is alarming.

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The cost of treatment and scarcity of specialized health facilities in the Country remains a major challenge,

The Taskforce on Mental Health recommended mental illness should be declared a National Emergency of epidemic proportions.




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