Internal Medicine (East Africa)
The use of social media to increase awareness on mental health is rapidly gaining momentum globally. However, despite evidence of a growing trend in social media use in sub Saharan Africa, little has been reported on tapping the potential of social media within a mental health practice to not only increase awareness but also facilitate linkage to specialist care. We describe one such mental health practice and its process of integration of the different social media platforms to promote mental health and increase linkage to specialist care. We further highlight the challenges and practical implication of social media use in the Kenyan setting. We conclude by advocating for this integration to raise awareness and also encourage peer support for persons with mental health problems and recommend research that measures the impact of such interventions in sub-Saharan Africa.
Publication ( Name of Journal)
Pan African Medical Journal
Kaigwa, L. C.,
(2021). Harnessing social media in mental health practice in Kenya: a community case study report. Pan African Medical Journal, 39(58), 1-7.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/eastafrica_fhs_mc_intern_med/234
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