Mental health advocates ask Pastor Dorcas Gachagua to intervene in screening of police officers, health workers
A recent report on the mental health status
in the country, which indicated the police service is the most affected, has
triggered a reaction from mental health advocates, who are now calling for
Second Lady Pastor Dorcas Gachagua's input to fight the setbacks.
Mindful Kenya, a local venture dedicated to
fight mental health struggles, is seeking to carry out mental health screening
among police officers and health workers, whom the initiative says are some of
the most affected due to the nature of their work.
In a plea to Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua's wife, Mindful Kenya
says it is encountering a myriad of challenges in achieving its plan, and now
wants the backing of a powerful and influential voice to compel health
insurance institutions to support the initiative.
"Your support not only amplifies the urgency of this
initiative but also galvanizes institutions like MAKL (Medical Administrators
Kenya Limited) and NHIF to play their part in this transformative
journey. By advocating for our cause, we can ensure that our frontline
heroes receive the mental health support they so desperately need," Mindful
Kenya said in the letter.
Early screening among the frontline workers will help to
detect early cases of mental health struggles, improve health, enhance
productivity and reduce stigma among the workers.
"Imagine a Kenya where our protectors are mentally
resilient, where they serve without the shadow of untreated trauma looming over
them," the letter read further.
In the recent mental
health status report, the number of government
workers struggling with mental health conditions has tripled in the last year
with the harsh financial crisis blamed for the rise.
The most affected are uniformed officers with cases of suicide mainly in the police and the prison departments becoming more common.
According to the Public
Service Principal Secretary Amos Gathecha, the rising cases of absenteeism from government officers are on the rise, thus affecting service delivery.
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