Mental Health, according to the WHO, is “a state of well-being whereby individuals recognize and realize their abilities, are able to cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and make a contribution to their communities” (WHO: 2003).
Mental health is part of a person’s well-being, and often is disregarded as a health issue due to the societal norms deeming a classification of “more serious “illnesses that are almost always depicted in physical symptoms and identifiable features of illness. Mental health issues such as depression are often hard to diagnose and easy to overlook, thus being deemed as non-serious in our current society. The current statistics that exist on Mental health disorders and illnesses indicate that 300 million people globally suffer from depression, and annually, 800,000 people commit suicides annually globally. These statistics are wanting, and coming closer home, Kenya is ranked 6 out of 10 in Africa in terms of depression. This is such a reality that needs to be highlighted and spoken about more and ways to tackle it made known.
Maisha Youth serves a mandate of ensuring the voices of young people are not only heard, but also converted not policy and programming in interventions tailored for them. From and all-rounded perspective, mental health plays a key role in the general well-being of the adolescent and young person as an individual.