After months of dedicated effort, 17 Kiambu-Nairobi Frontline Church Partners Mental Health Strategy launched on August 24, 2023, at PCEA Thogoto. This momentous event brought together various projects and stakeholders from the Kiambu-Nairobi Frontline Church Partners, uniting in their shared commitment to addressing mental health challenges within the community.
The launch commenced with a spirited march from the venue to Alliance Junction and back. Participants donned white turtlenecks adorned with green ribbons, and with the slogan “Be Alert and of Sober Mind” The eye-catching theme, “Check-up from Neck up,” resonated with onlookers, emphasizing the importance of mental health awareness. During the event, the Reverend from the host church shared wisdom from the book of 1 Kings 19:1-5, focusing on Elijah’s struggles to highlight the significance of addressing depression and investing in positive social networks. The presence of the Mental Health Taskforce underscored the importance of creating a positive social network to engage a broader audience.
The event attracted a diverse audience, including church leaders , chairpersons, community leaders, mental health representatives, youth representatives. Several speeches highlighted key mental health insights, including the link between substance abuse and mental health, the importance of early diagnosis, and the role of psychiatry.
The strategy created in collaboration with mental health practitioners aims to promote good mental health and early intervention, specifically during childhood and adolescence. This approach is sustainable throughout life, equipping individuals to face challenges and reap long-term benefits. The strategy prioritizes family involvement in mental health and wellbeing, educating and raising awareness about the risks and consequences of drug and substance abuse, and improving outcomes for individuals with mental health problems through treatment and therapy.
Additionally, follow-up support and monitoring after treatment will be increased through social support and community involvement. Successful implementation of these priorities will require new ways of working. This successful event serves as a reminder of the urgent need to prioritize mental health awareness and support within the Kiambu-Nairobi Frontline Church Partners.