SCOMH

Standing Committee of Mental Health.


Mental health issues for long have hidden behind ignorance, stigma, discrimination and poverty in Kenya. It can impede people’s abilities to realize their full potential, cope with stress and work productively which affects not only individuals, but also communities and the nation at large.

The Standing Committee on Mental Health (SCOMH), newly founded in 2020 under the Medical Students Association of Kenya (MSAKE) works to create awareness, reduce stigma and discrimination and provide support in the line of mental wellness among medical students.

SCOMH/ SCORA GBV AWARENESS TALK

A WhatsApp group discussion was held on 8th may 2020 from 19:00 to 21:00 to create awareness and to understand the mental status of the victim and survivors of Gender-Based Violence. The main speakers Sarah Changalwa- Counselling psychologist and Damian Omar Juma (Medical psychologist) attracted around 200 participants.

The talk had 3 main sessions:
1. What is GBV, led by sarah Changalawa
2. Mental health impacts of GBV led by Damian Juma.
3. Q and A session.

SCOMH PARTICIPATION IN KMA (KENYA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION) MENTAL WELLNESS WEBINAR

The SCOMH's National Officer and MSAKE president were cordially invited by Dr.Joy Mugambi (MSAKE Patron) to the KMA webinar to share insights as panellists on COVID-19, grief and loss. The discussion also contemplated the worries of students who were suffering too as a result of the pandemic; loss of time in medical school making students stay in School for more than 7 years. KMA promised to look into the matter. The zoom webinar attracted 400 participants from KMA.

SCOMH AWARENESS TALK DUBBED ‘ENDING SILENCE AROUND SUICIDE’

In collaboration with the Standing Committee on Medical Education (SCOME) a committee under International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) and a National Member Organization of the Medical Students Association of Kenya (MSAKE) , the team held its own first google meet webinar on the sensitive topic of suicide. The guest speaker Dr. Edgar Munga took the participants on myths and stigma revolving around suicide. He also shared insights on suicide warning signs and how to provide help to people suffering from suicidal thoughts. The moderators were members of SCOMH National Board 2020/2021.The webinar was a success attracting around 70 participants.


ESTABLISHMENT OF SCOMH NATIONAL BOARD

SCOMH national board as at 28th May 2020 comprised of Gloria Bwari- National Officer. With the following as University chapter Local Officers.

Aliyah Khalid Aliyan- Moi University
Kinjal Goswami- University Of Nairobi
Rodney Onguka- JKUAT
Milcah Wambua - Kenyatta University
Sween Chirchir Cossy- Maseno University
Trixie Michelle Amondi - Uzima University
James Njoroge Ireri - Mount Kenya University
Wendy Muturi -Kenya Methodist University
Ogutu Wendy - Egerton University


ONLINE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

The SCOMH is currently using social media platforms to create awareness and start movements. As the community we plan, organise, research on and make informative and interesting campaigns.

Current social media platforms include:
Whatsapp
Facebook: SCOMH KENYA
Instagram: @Scomh_ke
Twitter:@ScomhK
The committee has posted fascinating informative posters and videos creating awareness on mental health issues.


MSAKE/SCOMH COVID-19 AWARENESS WEBINAR

SCOMH participated in a webinar on 29th of April 2020 regarding mental health and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic in collaboration with MSAKE's COVID-19 Taskforce. The webinar was facilitated by Prof. Lukoye Atwoli from 2 pm EAT via Zoom. Prof addressed various key issues including how to use our skills as medical students to help communities around us cope with the pandemic.









SCOMH EVENTS

Masculinity and Mental Health - 19th June 2020
Gender Based Violence, Toxic Relationships and Mental Health - 29th June 2020
How to deal with Trauma after abuse - 4th July 2020
Sequel on Relationships and Mental Health - 21st July 2020