In a circular, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) outlines its strategy for educating teachers on mental health.
The online seminar’s objectives are to advance mental wellness and guard against mental illnesses.
The Commission stated that increasing staff awareness of mental health issues was a priority, necessitating the development and application of methods to lessen their negative consequences on the Commission and society at large.
The TSC Wellness Section previously discussed mental health issues and afterwards developed a recommended action plan that will include staff mental health advocacy activities.
As part of the World Health Organization’s celebration of worldwide days on mental health, the seminar will help TSC staff manage their mental health and promote prevention of it.
Benta Opande, the CEO of the Kenya Women Teachers Association (KEWOTA), previously claimed that the rise in teacher suicides has been linked to mental health problems.
More than 22 teachers have died by suicide in only the previous two years, according to a statement released by the group last month.
A 45-year-old elementary school teacher reportedly killed herself on July 25. In Kirinyaga, that teacher’s suicide was the second that month.
It was discovered that many instructors were either unaware of their mental illness or were reluctant to seek help because of the stigma attached to the condition.