What is mental health?

We all have mental health, like we all have physical health. Both change throughout our lives. And, like our bodies, our minds can become unwell. Mental health problems might actually be more common than you think. One in four of us will be affected by mental illness in any year. The effects are as real as a broken arm, even though there isn’t a sling or plaster cast to show for it. Read More

What is mental illness?

Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in thinking, emotion or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities.
Mental illness is common. In a given year:

  • Nearly one in four (19 percent) Kenyan adults experience some form of mental illness

Mental illness is treatable. The vast majority of individuals with mental illness continue to function in their daily lives.

Here is a list of mental illnesses:

  1. Schizophrenia
  2. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  3. Autism
  4. Depression
  5. Bipolar disorder
  6. Social Anxiety
  7. Gambling Disorder
  8. Suicide

I have a mental health problem. Should I talk about it?

There are no hard and fast rules for talking about your own mental health. You should never feel under pressure to tell people that you have a mental health problem if you don’t want to. But sometimes having the courage to speak out can help you feel better in yourself, and more accepted by others. You may sometimes meet with a negative reaction from people. But sometimes being honest about your mental health can make you feel better, despite people's reactions - because it means you don’t have to keep things hidden any more. Read More

I have a mental health problem. What are some strategies that I can use to cope?

Seeing a therapist or psychiatrist is a good call. However, this is not always an option for everyone due to various reasons. But do not fret, there are positive coping strategies that can use to live a healthy manageable life. Positive coping strategies are actions that you take to manage and reduce stress in life, in a way that’s helpful in the long term.

Depending on the situation, some strategies work better than others in terms of reducing stress and helping you manage in the long term. Feel free to try those strategies that work best for you. Read More