Nakuru, Kenya, June 17, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- Psychiatric Disability Organization, a community led organization in based in Nakuru, in partnership with TrustCircle of the USA have launched a new innovative mHealth Tests that will be offered free to all Kenyans for life.
The online mHealth Tests are clinically validated mental health screening tests that are completely anonymous, secure, fast and available on any device, anywhere, anytime.
Currently, depression, anxiety, alcohol and substance abuse, stress, burnout and PTSD Tests are available. TrustCircle will continue to innovate and make mental health care accessible and affordable by adding more mental health tests in near future.
PDO Founder/CEO Iregi Mwenja said, “TrustCircle mHealth innovations are reported as the first mental health innovations in Africa and this is another milestone in our partnership with TrustCircle. We are proud to introduce another first – free online mHealth Tests for all Kenyans for life.”
He added that the tests can be taken by clicking on link https://trustcircle.co/tests?org=PDOKenya and once on the website, users can click on “Get Mobile App” to get mobile application on their smartphones. One Test takes less than 60 seconds. Users can also track there mental health progress overtime and share results with their providers and loved ones anytime.
Kenya has 90 psychiatrists, most of them based in Nairobi. The psychiatrist to citizen ratio is 1:5,000,000 in rural areas, which poorly compares to the internationally accepted ratio of 1:10,000.
The Ministry of Health while launching the Kenya Mental Health Policy 2015-2030 stated that one in every four Kenyans will suffer from a mental disorder in their lifetime. The policy states that up to 25% of outpatients and up to 40% of in-patients in health facilities suffer from mental conditions.
TrustCircle Founder/CEO Sachin Chaudhry said, “These tests can be used by all Kenyans completely free for life and will empower then with information to help determine whether they or someone they care for need help from a mental health professional.”
Sachin urged Govt. of Kenya at county, state, and national level to step forward and support PDO’s efforts on the ground to make TrustCircle innovation available to all Kenyans for their mental health and well-being.
He added that individuals can use the technology on any device to assess, learn, track and report their mental health state. The Tests have received accolades from many quarters in the US, Europe, and Asia.
“This is an important self-assessment tool I can use, along with my doctor, to navigate, and control, my own well-being,” said LaDona Harvey, a Morning show co-host at AM 600 KOGO, San Diego, USA.
In the next twelve months, PDO is planning to make these mHealth Tests available to all the 12 million Kenyans who will develop a mental disorder in their lifetime. The Tests allow users to overcome barriers to accessing mental health like stigma, affordability and accessibility by being anonymous, free and available on any device one is using.
“PDO is proud of entire TrustCircle team that is working round the clock to make this world a better place and help make mental healthcare accessible and affordable,” added Iregi.
PDO in Kenya and TrustCircle in the USA are purpose driven organizations and complement each other’s efforts. “We at TrustCircle are proud to partner with PDO and looking forward to create ripples of hope and awareness together,” said Sachin.
To get more information about TrustCircle mHealth Tests, or to book an interview, contact Iregi Mwenja on +254723713642 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at: http://www.pdokenya.org and Sachin Chaudhry email – Sachin@trustcircle.co, website – www.trustcircle.co