The impact of Covid-19 on Kenyans is not only causing economic distress but an invisible emotional strain. Recent weeks have seen the sharpest economic pullback in modern history and a record-breaking spike in unemployment. It is inevitable that the global pandemic, compounded by the financial crisis, will have a material impact on the behavioral health of society.
With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, Gucora Andu, a consultancy focused on people, came up with a report concerning The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health in Kenya which looks at how Kenyans have been doing ever since the first case of Coronavirus was announced on the 13th March 2020.
According to a survey conducted by Gucora Andu, here are the five main causes of anxiety Kenyans are experiencing during Covid-19 in order:
- Job/income loss; for some, this was coupled with the feeling of uncertainty of the future
Getting the virus
News and publications about COVID 19
And how, are people coping with their anxiety?
The survey shows that most people are watching movies/ series, reading stories by John Doe, followed by prayer, cooking, baking, and working among other things, with fewer people attending mental health webinars, seeking professional assistance, or learning a new skill.
For more conversations and insights concerning Kenyans’ mental health during this time read here.