A Question and Answer Session with Bravin Yuri
On matters Mental Health, his interest and motivation in advocating for mental health in Kenya and so much more…
Q. Who is Bravin Yuri?
Bravin Yuri: Bravin Yuri is many things I can say but basically, I am a Political Scientist, Sociologist, Social media Influencer, Blogger, Activist but above all, I am a Mental Health Advocate
Q: What motivated your interest in Mental Health?
Bravin Yuri: I have been through a lot when it comes to Mental health. I have been seriously depressed and I never got the Support I needed. I had nobody to talk to and I had to face my own issues on my own. This is something I never wished anyone else would go through so I decided to create a support system that will be able to also Support other people who are undergoing mental health related challenges
Q: How do you handle the Mental Health Cases?
Bravin Yuri: I work with a team of pro-bono counselors who have been helping me in handling cases that I get with regards to mental health. I collect a brief overview of the issue from the party involved then share to a WhatsApp group I have that has the counselors/specialists and they decide on who will take up the case.
Q. Tell us more about your Mental Health Twitter Spaces
Bravin Yuri: Twitter spaces is one of the best tools Twitter brought and I am very grateful for that. I hold mental health talks on the Twitter spaces and they have really gone a long way in helping so many people. The Twitter Spaces have been kind of a ‘safe space’ where people can share their experiences and be able to help others to also understand that whatever they are going through, they are not alone in it.
Q: How many people have you managed to help
Bravin Yuri: That’s really hard to tell considering you can’t be able to get feedback from all the people who have been on the Twitter Spaces but all I can say is, many lives have been changed, inspired and motivated via the mental health chats on the Twitter Spaces and many have sent me messages on how the Twitter Spaces have really been of help to them.
Q: When did you start Mental Health Advocacy?
Bravin Yuri: It’s been over 4 years right now since I started mental health awareness campaigns
Q: What can you say about Mental Health Awareness in Kenya?
Bravin Yuri: At the moment, there are several Voices and forces pushing more on mental health awareness. When I started the awareness on social media, specifically on Twitter, the silence was very loud. Right now, you won’t go a day without coming across a mental health awareness post on twitter.
Q. What is your take on the rising cases of depression and suicide among the Youths in Kenya?
Bravin Yuri: Youths in Kenya face so many challenges which are bound to cause mental health related challenges. Unemployment for example has been one of the biggest challenges that has driven so many youths into depression and some to suicide. Addressing the issue of unemployment will greatly help reduce some of these cases. Gambling also on the other hand has been a challenge since we have so many youths now into gambling and losing even the little money they would have used in other more important things. We now have people committing suicide because they have lost bets. It’s a worrying trend.