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V first shared their experience with On The Move, Tinada Youth Organization & Mental 360. They are working to raise awareness and create support systems for those living with mental health conditions in Kenya as well as advocating for their rights. Like us, they believe sharing stories breaks down the barriers that makes seeking help hard.

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V was diagnosed with Substance Use Disorder, leading to psychosis. According to his father J., V. became unsettled, violent and could not sleep: “That is when we brought him to hospital.”

V reflects: “I used to take alcohol, then one time I began to see things, then I became violent and disruptive. I lost my job as a mechanic. I hope to resume work now that I am better. I have also stopped drinking. I do not want to repeat my mistakes and end up in the mental health ward again!”

V.’s family is very concerned for him, but at the same time he has lost a few friends. “I am grateful for the support of my family and I hope to do even better soon.”


“These diseases are treatable and there is life after mental illness!”