ODM leader Raila Odinga has expressed concern over the increased mental health cases in the country. 

In a tweet on Friday, the former premier encouraged Kenyans to reach out for help. 

"Fellow Countrymen and women.

I’m deeply concerned and alarmed about the reported increase in numbers of our people battling mental illness.

Instead of ostracizing and labeling those in that lonely corner, let us embrace and encourage them to seek treatment.

When was the last time you checked on your children, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and loved ones?

We all need someone at times...reach out to someone today," Odinga's tweet read. 

In November 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Health to establish a taskforce on the status of mental health in Kenya. 

Kenyatta tasked the taskforce with coming up with new policies to address the growing concerns about mental health among Kenyans.

In addition, the Head of State mentioned that the findings of the taskforce would assist the government in allocation of resources to mental health.