Kituo and Other partners join the world in Celebrating the World Mental Health Day
The 10th of October 2017 marked this year’s World Mental Health Day. Kituo cha Sheria’s Forced Migration Programme (FMP) in collaboration with the Mental Health and Psycho-social support working group (MHPSWG) conducted celebrations in Kayole at the Kayole Social hall to commemorate this day.
The celebrations begun with a skit which articulated on the importance of counseling followed by interactive discussion about counseling and its importance, the signs and symptoms of depression and finally discussing on how to handle people suffering from depression as well as how to take care of oneself.
The World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of better mental health.
This year’s theme is “Mental Health Matters, Joint efforts to end the stigma of Psychological suffering”, the Mental Health and Psycho-social support working group comprising of ICAS Kenya, Refugee Consortium of Kenya, HIAS, UNHCR, CVT, Heshima Kenya, NCCK, Refuge point, DRC all pulled together and organized an activity that particularly focused on refugees and raising awareness among them on issues of counseling, depression, dealing with depression among family and friends and self-care.
According to the Mental health foundation depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. Refugees are prone to depression because of the challenges they encounter pre-migration, during migration and post migration. Consequently, the urban refugee Mental Health and Psychosocial Support working group felt it was important to raise awareness among the refugees.