Raila Odinga, the Orange Democratic Movement leader, spoke on mental health issues yesterday. The leader expressed concern over the rising number of mental health cases in the country.
Raila Odinga asked Kenyans to look out for each other. He also urged them to encourage those battling mental illnesses to seek medical attention. Through his Twitter page, Raila told people not to use mental health conditions to profile victims.
“Fellow countrymen and women, the reported increase in numbers of our people battling mental illness deeply concerns and alarms me. Instead of ostracizing and labelling those in that lonely corner, let us embrace and encourage them to seek treatment,” the ODM leader said.
Fellow Countrymen and women.
I’m deeply concerned and alarmed about the reported increase in numbers of our people battling MENTAL ILLNESS.
Instead of ostracizing and labeling those in that lonely corner, let us embrace and encourage them to seek treatment.
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) February 26, 2021
Recent reports show that one in every ten people are battling mental health issues. Some of the leading mental illnesses that doctors have diagnosed in the country are anxiety disorders, depression, and substance use disorders.
The AU special envoy on Infrastructure urged Kenyans to constantly check on their friends and family who may be battling mental illness in silence.
“When was the last time you checked on your children, friends, colleagues, neighbours, and loved ones? We all need someone at times. Reach out to someone today,” a statement by the AU reads in part.