NOCK signs deal to tackle mental health among athletes

NOCK signs deal to tackle mental health among athletes

NOC-K and Chiromo Hospital Group have already begun working in collaboration and started with a seminar of sports administrators from federations trained on safeguarding athletes during the administration courses and workshop where mental health issues were addressed.

The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) has signed a partnership with the Chiromo Hospital Group that will see the Level 5 specialized mental health hospital extend its services to Kenyan athletes in a joint campaign dubbed Tufunguke Wanaspoti.

Tufunguke Wanaspoti will see the sportsmen and women trained on how to identify, control and manage mental health-related conditions; build awareness by way of structured mental health talks as well as carry out digitized self-mental health wellness assessments.

“This is a very defining moment for us at the National Olympic Committee of Kenya because we are marking another milestone in our partnership development with strategic stakeholders that add value to our athletes and assist them to perform optimally in their specialties,” remarked NOC-K’s Secretary-General, Francis Mutuku.

The deal will offer Team Kenya athletes a possibility of tapping into mental health services, including counselling and treatment of possible ailments such as depression.

NOC-K and Chiromo Hospital Group have already begun working in collaboration and started with a seminar of sports administrators from federations trained on safeguarding athletes during the administration courses and workshop where mental health issues were addressed.

“Having stayed with athletes in Rift Valley, I know this partnership will help our athletes represent our nation better. We have protective mechanisms before curative mechanisms. Our slogan, recovery with dignity, means we hold our clients and family with high honor, and it’s an honor to join Team Kenya and ensure athletes are taken care of.” Chiromo CEO Vincent Hongo said.

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