The government has launched the public service mental health champions initiative under the theme “investing in mental health and well being of public servants for quality service delivery”. The initiative comes as the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights indicates that one out of four patients is suffering from mental health conditions.
Among these conditions are anxiety, substance abuse, and depression. George Wachiuri, Chairman of the Optiven Foundation has lauded the move but called on the government to hasten accessing support to curb mental health.
Wachiuri who is a leading mentor of youth and SMEs says, “it is disheartening that based on the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights 25% of out patiens and another 40% of inpatients suffer from mental health. And the result is a high financial burden to manage the mental health conditions which now stands at 62.2 billion per year. The result is lost manhours for the workforce as a result of absenteeism or low productivity.”
The Optiven Foundation under it’s health pillar has continued to provide psycho social support to different stakeholders even as it empowers the community under it’s mantra EYES ON THE COMMUNITY.
In addition, Wachiuri, under the George Wachiuri School of Mentorship has provided key advocacy support to over 500 owners of businesses through holding clinics for business empowerment. With the move by the government on the mental health initiative, relevant ministries will be tasked to train and provide support for their members.
Meanwhile, through the Optiven Foundation, communities across the country have been able to benefit from receiving brand new wheelchairs under the #MobilityThatBringsSmiles initiative. For more information about the Optiven Foundation, log on to www.optivenfoundation.org today
George Wachiuri is a leading Entrepreneur, a Published Author, Philanthropist, Youth Empowerment Enthusiast, a Family man and CEO of Optiven Group.