Comedian Brenda Gathoni (Brendah Jons), well known for the character Mama Kingston, announced on Sunday, January 16 that she was taking a break from social media.
She revealed in a long Instagram post that her mental health has been heavily affected to the point of doing things she had never imagined she would do.
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So much have her mental struggles taken a huge toll on her that she found herself overeating as well as indulging in too much alcohol in an effort to overcome her emotions.
“Lately, a lot has been happening and I’ve been very emotional about a lot of things. My mental health has been challenged, I’ve found myself doing things I never thought I’d do.
“I’ve found myself drinking too much, overeating, not eating at all, crying too much, all extremes on feelings and emotions,” she narrated.
Gathoni added that at some point she had suicidal thoughts and wanted to block out the worldly noise. She confessed to not being okay despite looking happy to the point she was undergoing a mental breakdown.
“I’ve been suicidal and felt like I just want to stop the noise from the world in my life. I look happy, I look okay but deep down I’m breaking and going nuts. I just want genuine freedom and rest,” she added.
Explaining her reason for opening up, the anti-rape activist did so to remind any one of her followers who might stumble upon her post that it is okay to take a break from the world to focus on themselves.
“Why I’m I sharing this? Not for pity or consolation, no. I know it will remind someone that it’s okay not to be okay and it’s okay to take a break from the world and focus on yourself…so I’m taking a healthy break from everything, I just need to stay quiet and listen to myself and heal.
“I don’t know how but I know that I have genuine people in my life and I am sure things will work out for me,” she added.
The comedian became famous in 2019 for her ‘Plesdent Kingstone‘ vines. In September 2021, while seemingly intoxicated, she publicly came out as gay and revealed intimate details about her romantic life.
A day after her confession, the family of missing blogger Bogonko Bosire was left with more agony following the death of his brother Joshua during the weekend by suicide.
“Bogonko’s brother Joshua died by suicide. He had lived with Bogonko while he attended college. Joshua moved back home to help take care of their ailing father.
“Sadly, he was overwhelmed as a caretaker. The family needs support,” wrote NTV journalist James Smart on Twitter, who was among the first to announce the sad news.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) rates suicide as a serious global public health issue that is among the top 20 leading causes of death worldwide. Globally, close to 800,000 people die of suicide every year with an estimated 78 per cent of cases occurring in low- and middle-income countries.
Kenya ranks position 114 among the 175 countries with the highest suicide rates. A task force on mental health established Kenya has a high burden of mental illness due to ill health, psychosocial disability and premature mortality with huge gaps in access to care.