Governor roots for mental health awareness to tame cases of suicide

Thursday, May 28th, 2020 00:00 |
Journalists carry the casket containing the remains of late K24 TV journalist George Kori during his burial in Elburgon, Nakuru county, yesterday. Photo/PD/ROY LUMBE

 Roy Lumbe @lumbe_roy

Leaders in Nakuru have called for awareness on mental health to avert rising cases of suicide.

They said there was an alarming surge of suicide cases, especially in Molo, and there was need to set up special mental faculties to handle depression and offer counselling services.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said mental illness effects were far and wide, calling on those affected to seek medical attention or counselling.

Speaking at the burial of Molo-based K24 TV correspondent, the late George Kori yesterday, Kinyanjui said the county government would partner with all stakeholders including the church to ensure such cases were contained before the suicidal thoughts.

Assistance needed

“Media fraternity is an integral part of the society and they need support from all quarters.

What they go through and see to give us filtered information has an effect on their mental health,” he said.

He added that with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic having a toll on many Kenyans, there was a need to institute mental awareness throughout all sectors in the country.

Molo MP Kuria Kimani, said there was an amendment to have the Mental Health Bill to have experts of mental health deployed to every hospital within the country to prevent such cases.

Kori was laid to rest at his parent’s home in Gatura village, Elburgon in Nakuru county.

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