In collaboration with our strategic partners, the chapter has continuously supported the review and enactment of a new Mental Health Bill. The Bill was tabled for its first reading on 3rd October, 2012 and thereafter submitted to the
Parliamentary Committee on Health. The Bill seeks to:
i. Promote the mental health and well -being of all Kenyans, including reducing the incidences of mental illness.
ii. Co-ordinate the prevention of mental illness, access to mental health care, treatment and rehabilitation services to persons with mental illnesses.
iii. Reduce the impact of mental illness, including the effects of stigma on individuals, family and the community.
iv. Promote recovery from mental illness and enhance the rehabilitation and integration of persons with mental illness into the community.
The chapter has successfully convened seventeen (17) scientific conferences in the following years: 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The conference not only attracts mental health nurses, but also nurses from other disciplines. The attendance has been from all parts of the country and has cut across various health facilities i.e. public, private and faith based health facilities and teaching institutions.
This year’s conference will be held on 23rd and 24th April with the theme “Mental Health and Younger Persons