JKUAT Mental Health Day Shines Spot Light on Importance of Self Awareness

Mr. Joseph Mwangi expounds on self-awareness

Speakers during this year’s University’s Mental Health Day have stressed the need to focus on self-awareness in order to understand mental health and reduce stigma associated with the problem.

When we lose touch with self-awareness and fail to understand our mental state, they said, we lose our ability to understand our strengths and weakness and values and principles and thus we become susceptible to drug abuse and mental deterioration.

Speaking during the launch of the mental awareness day on May 25, 2022, the JKUAT’s Alcohol, Drug Abuse (ADA) Prevention and Control Committee Representative Mr. Joseph Mwangi said, self-awareness is a critical tool in the quest to reach higher levels of job satisfaction, better leadership, improved interpersonal relationships and better management of emotions.

Mrs. Margaret Wainaina, who is a Senior Student’s Counselor, in her presentation, she shared an in-depth perspective on how the mind is affected by psycho-social factors.

She stated that mental health is often explained from a biological perspective such as genetic factors, chemical imbalances and brain abnormalities.

Without seeking professional help, Mrs. Wainaina revealed, exposure to negative psycho-social experiences may lead to anxiety, stress, depression and in extreme cases suicidal ideation and self-harm.

University staff at the ceremony

While exploring the journey to mental health redemption, she highlighted a change in lifestyle and finding a connection with other people as key remedies to overcoming mental health.

Another speaker, Mrs. Mary Mugane, a Senior University Counsellor, who spoke about sexuality said, “you require help in your sexual matters if you are getting affected mentally as it could be due to medical condition, poor nutrition, excessive use of alcohol and drugs and misinformation about your body anatomy.”

She added that sexual orientation may dictate how the society treats an individual and may lead to stereotypical perspectives and exclusion.

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