To mark the International Suicide Prevention month in September, Sitawa Wafula, an awardee of the East Africa Youth in Philanthropy Awards and founder of MyMindMyFunk – campaign on mental health launched a FREE SMS Service 22214. The application offers information and support on issues of mental health, epilepsy and related ailments. The launch was held at the Mathari North Health Centre, on Friday 26th September 2014 and officiated by the Nairobi County Women’s Representative Hon Rachel Shebesh. (See pictures here)
The SMS line is open to all Kenyans and aims to reach out to those with limited or no internet access. It offers the following services;
1. ASK A COUNSELOR SERVICE where one can ask any question related to epilepsy and mental health and qualified counselors manning the line will get back through text or call depending on the question at no cost to those looking for help. Simply send a text to 22214 with the questions.
2. INFO TIT BITS – Weekly tit bits on different topics ranging from epilepsy, mental health, drugs and substance abuse, HIV/AIDS to finance management can be sent once one subscribes by simply texting mhke (short for mentally healthy kenya) to 22214 and follow prompt on info.
3. Provides a list of service providers, psychologists and support groups that offer epilepsy, mental health and suicide prevention. All lists have contact numbers and one can access the contacts by simply texting 66 for a list of private practice psychologists in Nairobi, 77 for list of clinics across the country offering mental health and epilepsy services and 88 for various support groups to 22214.