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New Efforts To Curb Mental Health Among Police Officers

Mental health is an area of massive concern across the world and participants made clear that Kenya is no exception. A staggering 1 out of 4 persons who seek health care in Kenya have a mental health condition. Depression is common and there are increasing rates of substance and alcohol use disorders. The National Police Service has put in place measures to deal with cases of mental health among police officers. Kenyan police officers at a function, photo courtesy.

NPS has now partnered with a team of doctors among them Dr Frank Njenga to train senior officers on ways and means of dealing with mental health issues among the ranks and file in the police service. Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well being. This affects how police officers think, feel and act. It also helps determine how to handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Earlier today, during an event held at the Chiromo Group of Hospitals in Nairobi, Dr Njenga met over 60 senior commanders in the Administration Police who were trained on ways of Identifying and addressing the challenges faced by their juniors. The senior commanders were informed of the signs of mental disorders and how to deal with them.

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