Catholic Friends Of Mentally Ill (CFOMI)

Catholic Friends Of Mentally Ill (CFOMI)

Catholic Friends Of Mentally Ill is a religious organisation by virtue of being a Catholic Apostolate. CFOMI's legal name is Schizophrenia Society Of Kenya but we use SSK and CFOMI interchangeably as our name. It was started in February 2016 by a group of 10 people living with severe mental illnesses in Siaya County in Kenya. The story however starts a bit earlier on. It starts with the story of the first chairperson of the Schizophrenia Society of Kenya Japheth Obare. He has experienced paranoid schizophrenia since 1995. In 2015, he had a psychotic episode that his family got involved in. He later developed severe depression as a result of medication put in his food. He started having suicidal thoughts and started planning for suicide. While in the process of doing so, he decided to seek help as well and realised that there was none around. He eventually got some help from the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society in Canada. That is how he realised the need currently in the Kenyan mental health space after living in the USA for five years. He decided to do something about it. He organised a group of  ten people and  with the help of the then British Columbia Schizophrenia Society Executive Director Deborah Conner, Schizophrenia Society Of Kenya was born. CFOMI is our trade name and SSK our legal name. It got registered by the Kenya government as a society in January of 2019. Our focus is on education, employment, housing, advocacy, health and meaningful relationships for the severely mentally ill. The organisation currently has 120 members and is focusing its work in Siaya County in the south western part of Kenya. The area of focus is mental health.

Catholic Friends Of Mentally Ill CFOMI)
Yala-Anyiko Road, PO Box 976, 40600 Siaya, Kenya

Phone: +254716297173


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