Every 40 seconds, someone in the world commits suicide. In Kenya, approximately 20 people die from suicide every day. Unfortunately, few or no people are hit by the sad suicide stories that top local headlines. Most Kenyans, especially the youth are depressed. In fact, WHO reported that 1.9M plus Kenyans were depressed in 2016. One of the biggest causes of suicide in Kenya among the youth is unemployment. The youth shy off from speaking their minds because our society has made everything to be ‘classy’ and ‘fancy’. Having toured different holiday destinations and having a good time in a posh place with friends is cooler than eating chapati and madondo in a kibanda. Because most young people spend lots of their time on social media, the fact that all that is trending is something they cannot afford, they question their lives. It is with this that depression kicks in and things get out of control.
A youth movement, Mind My Mind aka #M3Movement decided to fill this gap, the void created by the society. #M3Movement is a group of young people who use their talents and skills to create awareness to end the stigma surrounding mental health in Kenya.
Going by the quote, “Tell me what are the prevailing sentiments that occupy the minds of your young peoples, and I will tell you what is to be the character of the next generation” by Edmund Burke, the team seeks to create a sober generation especially among the young people.
Started by one, Stephen Siloma, a Christian blogger at http://silomasays.com and poet at http://silomart.co.ke, he narrates of his 12 year battle with epilepsy as his drive to create the movement. Three-quarter of members in the movement are directly or indirectly affected my mental health problems. They are also a self-help and support group who meet, talk stuff that affect them and and do amazing projects together.
Their latest project was the Depression/Suicide themed shoot they did at Nairobi Arboretum. You can find the amazing photos here – http://mindmymind.co.ke/photography-project.
Any young person with a backstory in mental health with the passion and drive to create awareness can join them by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is amazing that a group of young people have decided to end the stigma, taboos and stereotypes surrounding what affects people suffering from mental health. It is also incredible that fellow youth are ready to stand to reduce suicide rates among their counterparts.
You can read more about them on their website at http://mindmymind.co.ke and check the amazing work they are doing on social media on:
Facebook – https://facebook.com/M3MovementKE
Twitter – https://twitter.com/M3MovementKE
Instagram – https://instagram.com/M3MovementKE
Pinterest – https://pinterest.com/M3MovementKE
Pixieset – https://m3movement.pixieset.com
Let’s talk mental health. Let’s end the stigma. Let’s reduce the suicide rates in Kenya.