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Organisation seeks Pastor Dorcas’s intervention to screen police officers, health workers for mental health

A local-based organisation has written an open letter to the second lady Pastor Dr. Dorcas Rigathi, seeking for her support to carry out mental health screening among police officers and health workers whom they says are some of the most affected due to the nature of their work.

Mindful Kenya, a beacon of hope in the realm of mental health, say that they were reaching out to Pastor Dorcas due to her influence and unwavering dedication to the well-being of Kenyans.

“You can be that powerful voice. By advocating for our cause, we can ensure that our frontline heroes receive the mental health support they so desperately need,” they said in their appeal letter.

“Our healthcare workers and police force stand on the frontline every day, braving emotional and physical storms to protect our beloved nation. But in their valiant efforts, they too bear the scars of mental trauma. They see pain and suffering daily, confront life-altering decisions, and carry the weight of our nation's safety on their shoulders. Their mental well-being, often neglected, is at significant risk,” they said.

They added that they had devised a system that detected early mental health challenges, ensuring treatment was timely, less painful, and affordable. This was just at a cost of less than Ksh. 100 per month.

“To truly make a difference, we need the support of insurance companies – a formidable challenge without the backing of a powerful voice. Your support not only amplifies the urgency of this initiative but also galvanizes institutions like MAKL (Medical Administrators Kenya Limited) and NHIF to play their part in this transformative journey.”

Some of the benefits of their programme include early mental health detection, an improved overall health, enhanced productivity and reduced stigma.

“Imagine a Kenya where our protectors are mentally resilient, where they serve without the shadow of untreated trauma looming over them. You, Pastor Dorcas, with your legacy of empowerment and care, can help make this dream a reality,” concludes the letter.

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