Depression is never the patient’s fault

PHOTO | FILE Mathari Hospital in Nairobi, the only public mental healthcare facility in Kenya.

What you need to know:

  • The media has been extremely helpful in this regard, with pieces in the print and electronic media tackling this difficult subject. In this regard, one could safely conclude that the citizens are ahead of their government.
  • Increased media coverage obviously cuts both ways. The media can serve to inform and educate the public about mental health, but occasionally some misleading information may be sneaked in, often by good-intentioned individuals.

It is heartening that Kenyans are beginning to see the importance of mental health, and many are beginning to ask questions about how they can improve it.

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