Mental health in Kenya

On Sept 8 2009 I blogged about Kenya’s science cafés, and on October 13 2009 I blogged about the launch of PLoS Medicine’s series on global health in low and middle income countries.  Now I’m bringing both themes together, because I just found out that Kenya’s next science café, held in Nairobi, will deal with the topic of mental health.

Ruth Wanjala, one of the science café organizers writes:

Mental health problems affect society as a whole, and not just a small, isolated segment.  Mental illness has however been hidden behind a curtain of stigma and discrimination for far too long. It is time to bring it out into the open.

The October Science Café will discuss issues of mental health in Kenya with a diverse range of experts including top psychiatrists, mental health advocates, users and survivors of psychiatry and trained counsellors. The cafe hopes to raise awareness about mental health in Kenya and people affected by mental illnesses who are the most marginalized and vulnerable in society due to stigma and inhumane treatment.

The Café will take place on 22nd October, 2009 at the Mug Coffee House, Kaunda Street opposite Lonrho House from 6.00- 8.00 PM. Ruth has asked those interested in this event to e-mail kenyan.scicafe@gmail.com to confirm attendance and help her plan logistically.

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