A mental health forum and cultural event was recently held in Watford.
During the event different stakeholders, professionals, health workers and members of the community were hosted by Eva Mbiru and Kenyan Women in Watford.
The panel and attendees addressed various issues pertaining to mental illness.
Young people attending shared different experiences and spoke about how schools have no clear coherent policies on how to help students who might be at their early levels experiencing mental illness.
Eva Mbiru, who organised the event said, “I was pleased that the event was attended by a variety of people who shared their experience of either dealing with mental health and those that have suffered it. It was also an opportunity for people to share some Kenyan culture where dancers do traditional dancing.”
Points were also made from those dealing with mental illness on the ground how important it was to increase and sustain funding.
Those attending also heard how Covid-19 pandemic has increased the numbers of people with mental illness.
According to Mental Health England, one in four people have mental health issues, one in six people report experiencing a mental health issue each week.
The talks during the Mental Health Forum proved that sharing and talking about the issue remains the best way forward.