Rise in mental illness cases worrying, address it urgently
SEE ALSO :5 exercises for mental toughnessWe do not get to know the emotional and mental trauma such individuals go through when depression sets in because they shy away from seeking medical help for fear of stigmatisation associated with mental illness. Mental ailments take any form and can affect anyone at any time. With the right triggers, anybody can find themselves at the Mathari Mental Hospital, sadly, the only public mental facility in Kenya. This is a fact Kenyans are yet to come to terms with. Incidences that explain rise in mental illness include cases such as a man hacking his wife and children to death, a woman killing her husband, children barely 10 years of age committing suicide or homicides; or a university student swallowing a handful of pills only to sleep herself to death. And while no one is safe from mental health, the most affected is the current generation-a big portion of them being millennials. A study in the United States showed that by 2015, suicide rates among teenage girls had risen to a 40 year high. As reported by NBC News, suicide rates had doubled among girls and risen by more than 30 per cent among teen boys and young men between 2007 and 2015. Facebook. Suicide was not the cause of death as documented in her eulogy. Such shows that when it comes to mental health, we are still a conservative society that is yet to accept the fact that we are a volatile lot. This deliberate refusal to open up or attend counselling sessions with mental health practitioners even when one knows they need help is a major hindrance to mental health in Kenya. While psychologists have linked increased cases of suicide or mental health issues to tough economic times, the other side of the coin puts the society and the education system in a spot: Does our system of education equip learners with the requisite skills to face life head-on? If this were the case, perhaps it would be quite different. We would have a generation that has the spine to bravely tackle whatever comes their way. Sadly, the opposite obtains. Just a little disappointment like a break-up can easily make a 21-year-old student take the drastic decision to end her life. Clearly, these people need help, but it is in short supply.
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