The Kenya Psychiatric Association petitions the high court on attempted suicide

According to the 2020 Kenya National Bureau of Statistics’ Economic Survey, 196 cases of attempted suicide were reported in 2019. According to police records, about 420 suicide deaths occur in Kenya annually. It is nearly impossible to get accurate figures on suicide in Kenya given the taboo nature of the subject. Attempted suicide is a misdemeanor under the Kenyan penal code and carries a prison term of up to two years or a fine or both. In 1993, Henriksson performed

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Opening Remarks by KPA president at #KPAconference2021 13th edition

Salutations The Presidential advisor on mental health, chairman of the Chiromo mental hospital, and chairman of the mental health task force: Dr. Frank Njenga. The director of mental health and immediate past president of the KPA, Dr. Simon Njuguna. The associate director of brain and mind institute and the dean of medical college East Africa, Aga Khan University Prof Lukoye W’Atwoli. The director of Mathari National Teaching and Referral Hospital and vice-president of the Kenya Psychiatric Association, Dr. Victoria Wamukoma

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Prof. Thornicroft presentation on Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health

Hello everyone, thank you very much for inviting me to give a talk at this Kenya Psychiatric Association meeting on the Impact of COVID-19 on mental health.First, I would like to introduce myself to you. My name is Graham Thornicroft and I am a professor of community psychiatry at King’s College London.In the plan of this meeting, I would like to tackle three issues. Firstly, briefly, the global context of mental health, secondly, the mental health impacts direct and indirect

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Harmful alcohol use

Any amount of alcohol use is currently considered harmful: Alcohol causes over 5 million deaths worldwide through injuries, cancer, liver disease among others. Alcohol is also responsible for contributing to over 200 diseases including heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure. Drinks such as bottled beer, wines and spirits; and local brew such as chang’aa, busaa, and muratina all contain alcohol. In Kenya 30% of people use alcohol mostly youth In addition to poor physical health, alcohol use contributes to:

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10 Things you should know about anti-depressants?

There are many types. One size doesn’t fit all and choice is made by the clinician based on one’s symptoms e.g. some are preferred when one has sleep problems; availability in the country of residence, age of the patient, other medical conditions, other medication being taken among other factors. Antidepressant effects take about 2-3weeks to be felt. Do not expect to pop a pill today and feel great tomorrow. Patience is key. You should be consistent with your antidepressant intake. Try to fix

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