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Befrienders Kenya as invited to be a part of the events organized by Ministry of Health to mark this year’s World Suicide Prevention day national event at the Mathari National Teaching & Referral Hospital in Nairobi on the 11th September 2017.
Speaking during the event Ms. Merab Mulindi national representative for the International Association for Suicide Prevention representative in Kenya and Befrienders Kenya Director, shared with the participants the IASP President’s message for the day and urged the participants to take responsibility in looking out for those who may be in distress and may be feeling hopeless through encouraging them to tell their story in their own way and at their own pace adding that offering a gentle word of support and listening in a non- judgemental way can make all the difference. She said, we all have a role to play in suicide prevention.
The Principal Secretary for Health, Dr. Julius Korir through a representative Dr. Izak Odongo, the Head of Curative and Rehabilitative services lamented of the rising cases of suicide and
World Suicide Prevention Day 2017 National Event
acknowledged that suicide is a serious Public Health problem that needs urgent attention through collaboration of all stakeholders.
He said that the Kenya Mental Health policy has prioritized the development of a suicide prevention strategy and urged all stakeholders to work with the Ministry to provide a framework for an exhaustive and evidence based management of suicidal behaviour.
Earlier there had been a procession which raised awareness on the event and the day as participants clad in the colourful orange T-shirts marched to the venue carrying a banner indicating the day. The Procession was led by the Kenya Prisons Band.
There were various entertainments which ranged choir from the clients of the institution, acrobats, dances and skits by the medical students and young people from the area.