Mental health is a critical component of overall well-being, yet it is often overlooked and neglected in many African communities, including Kajiado County. According to the World Health Organization, mental health disorders are a leading cause of disability and premature death in Kenya, and the prevalence of mental health issues is especially high among young people. In this blog, we will explore the issue of mental health and wellness in Kajiado County, with a specific focus on the role of young people in promoting mental health and breaking the cycle of stigma and neglect surrounding mental health issues.
As a young person, your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Mental health issues can affect your academic performance, your relationships with family and friends, and your overall quality of life. However, many young people in Kajiado County may not prioritize their mental health due to a lack of awareness and education about mental health issues or a fear of stigma and discrimination.
In Kajiado County, mental health issues are a significant public health concern, with a prevalence rate of 16.4% among adults. However, the actual numbers may be much higher, as many cases of mental illness go undiagnosed and untreated. The situation is especially concerning for young people, as they may not have access to mental health resources or support systems.
There is a growing concern about the mental health of the boychild in Kajiado County, with many young men struggling to cope with the pressures of modern life. The traditional role of men as providers and protectors may place a significant burden on their mental health, as they may feel pressured to meet societal expectations and fulfill their responsibilities. Additionally, the lack of safe spaces for men to discuss their mental health concerns may prevent them from seeking help.
Parents play a crucial role in promoting their children’s mental health and well-being. They can provide emotional support, guidance, and resources that can help their children manage stress and cope with mental health issues. However, many parents in Kajiado County may not have access to mental health resources or may not prioritize their children’s mental health due to a lack of awareness or cultural beliefs.
The Maasai/pastoralist community in Kajiado County may face unique challenges when it comes to mental health. Traditional beliefs and practices may not place a strong emphasis on mental health or self-care, and there may be a reluctance to seek outside help. However, it is essential to recognize that mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of cultural background, and that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
To improve mental health outcomes in Kajiado County, we need to work together to create a supportive environment that values mental health and encourages individuals to seek help when necessary. WE MUST:
- Increase awareness and education about mental health among young people and the broader community.
- Increase access to mental health services, including mental health workers and resources.
- Address the stigma surrounding mental health in Kajiado County and promote mental health as a critical component of overall well-being.
- Promote the importance of self-care and stress management among young people and the Maasai/pastoralist community.
- Engage community leaders and stakeholders to promote mental health and wellness in Kajiado County.
As a young person in Kajiado County, how can you promote mental health and wellness in your community and break the circle?
‘’Welcome to “Breaking the Circle,” a blog segment brought to you by Kajiado TV. In this blog, we will be discussing various topics that affect young people and communities today. Our aim is to break the cycle of negative thinking and inspire positive change within our society. We believe that by addressing issues such as personal growth, mental health, social issues, and community service, we can create a better future for ourselves and those around us.
Twice a month, we will bring you thought-provoking and insightful blog posts that will challenge your thinking, encourage personal growth, and inspire you to take action towards positive change. Our blog posts will cover a wide range of topics, from career and entrepreneurship to fashion and beauty, and everything in between.
Our hope is that by sharing our thoughts and experiences, we can create a community of like-minded individuals who are committed to making a difference in the world. We invite you to join us on this journey of self-discovery, growth, and community building. Let’s break the circle of negativity and create a brighter future together!’’ – GODSON SALMAN LETITSYA