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The World Health Organization’s 2017 report on the world mental health situation ranked Kenya fifth among the African countries with the highest number of depression cases. The Kenyan government recognizes the importance of addressing mental health issues and has taken steps to improve access to mental health services. Owing to the severity of mental health status, the Government set up a mental health task force in November 2019. The task force was mandated to assess Kenya’s mental health systems, including the legal, policy and administrative environment, to identify areas that may benefit from reform for optimal delivery. The task force report shows high levels of depression and suicidal behaviour, mental distress and substance use in Kenya.  

According to the Kenya Ministry of Health, mental illness affects at least 25% of the population, with depression and anxiety being the most prevalent conditions.  In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated mental health challenges with the economic downturn, social isolation, and uncertainty, increasing mental wellness burdens. Therefore, interventions are needed to address mental health challenges in Kenya, especially for vulnerable populations such as women,  children, persons with disabilities, and those living in poverty. This aligns with the  Constitution of Kenya 2010, Vision 2030, the Kenya Health Policy (2014-2030) and global commitments.  


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