JKUSA Holds Mental Health Awareness

A student  participates during the question and answer session

Jomo Kenyatta University Students Association (JKUSA) organized a mental health awareness campaign at the Assembly Hall on October 12, 2023 to address growing concern over mental health on campus.

The campaign aimed to promote awareness, facilitate access to resources, and enhance mental health outcomes for students and staff. The campaign, spearheaded by the students Association, targets to create a more resilient and mentally healthy university community.

By fostering awareness, reducing stigma, and offering valuable resources, the event sought to empower students and staff to prioritize their well-being.

In her remarks, Dr. Jane Ochieng (a psychologist from comprehensive wellness centre (CWC), emphasized the importance of addressing mental health issues, especially among youth.

She highlighted underdiagnosis of mental health problems and the need to normalize conversations around mental health and encouraged students and staff on the importance of “self-worth and happiness in the present.”

Dr. Jane Ochieng underscored her organization’s commitment to reaching out to youth to prevent drug and substance abuse and advocated for the establishment of policies and structures to address mental health issues.

JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, emphasized the significance of the event in raising awareness about mental health challenges.

In her message read by the Dean of Students, Dr. Fridah Wanzala, the Vice Chancellor stated that mental health was a collective endeavor that transcended borders and required collaboration among universities, communities, professionals, policymakers and society.

The Vice chancellor acknowledged the university’s dedication to students’ mental well-being, particularly through the work of mental health ambassadors.

Prof. Fridah Wanzala delivers the Vice Chancellor’s remarks

“In a world where mental health concerns continue to rise, the significance of this day cannot be overstated. It touches every aspect of our lives. It’s a challenge that transcends borders and knows no boundaries,” said the Vice Chancellor.

Prof. Ngumi further said, “World Mental Health Day is not just symbolic; it’s a call to action, inspiring us to ensure that mental well-being becomes a fundamental right for everyone, everywhere.”

The Vice Chancellor urged the university community to embrace a culture where mental health is discussed openly, where seeking help is encouraged and where no one feels alone in their battle.”

JKUSA Health, Catering, and Accommodation Secretary, Mitchell Achieng, said, the purpose of the event was to shine light on the often  overlooked matter of mental health. She noted that seeking help on  mental health issues is not a sign of weakness; rather, it signifies one’s self-awareness and inner strength.

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