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MENTAL ILLNESS IS A SILENT EPIDEMIC IN KENYA

“Chapter 63, section 226 of the Penal Code 2012 stipulates that any person who attempts to kill himself or herself is guilty of a misdemeanor and could be looking at up to two years of imprisonment. This law, like all Kenyan laws at the time, was adopted from the British common law. The irony, however, is that in 1961 England and Wales decriminalized suicide, so that those who failed in the attempt to kill themselves would no longer be prosecuted.”