Mental health is a critical aspect of overall well-being, and its importance cannot be overstated. However, mental health issues often go unnoticed or are stigmatized, leading to further suffering for those affected.

To address this issue, a team of County Health officers, led by the Chief Officer for Promotive and Preventive Health, Dr. Paul Wangwe, on Tuesday held a follow-up meeting to plan for a mental health sensitization program in the County.

The goal of the program is to raise awareness about mental health, reduce stigma, and promote early detection and intervention.

By organizing sensitization sessions across the County, the health officers aim to reach as many individuals as possible, including both urban and rural communities.

The sensitization program will play a vital role in educating the public about mental health issues as it provides an opportunity to debunk myths and misconceptions, clear up misunderstandings, and foster a better understanding of mental illnesses.

By doing so, the program will help to break down barriers and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.

Furthermore, the mental health sensitization programs will also aim to train healthcare professionals and community workers in identifying and responding to mental health issues.

This is crucial, as early detection and intervention can significantly improve outcomes for individuals living with mental illnesses.

By equipping healthcare professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills, the program will also enhance the quality of mental health care in the county which is enshrined in Governor Dr. Bii’s Nguzo Kumi No.2 agenda.

The success of the sensitization program will largely depend on effective planning and collaboration among various stakeholders.

The County health officers are working closely with mental health experts, psychologists, and community leaders to ensure that the program addresses the specific needs of their population.

Additionally, the program will employ a variety of strategies to reach a wide audience. This will include community forums, workshops, awareness campaigns, and educational materials.

The team was joined by experts from Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital led by Dr. Florence Jaguga, Psychiatrist of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services together with Ampath’s Dr. Mathew Turissimi and Dr. Sarah Kipkulei County Director of Planning and Administration among other officials.