5 Kenyan celebs who battled depression and suicidal thoughts

Celebrities on battling depression

Kenyan celebs who battled depression and suicidal thoughts (PHOTO/COURTESY)

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–  Citizen TV’s Kimani Mbugua once opened up in an interview with a local tabloid where he shared his struggle with depression while growing up

Last year the media was awash with the rising number of heartbreaking suicidal stories following the death of popular comedian Njenga Mswahili.

After the comedian’s sudden demise, witnessed chilling suicidal revelations and depressing confessions from celebrities in the laugh industry and others in the entertainment world.

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Here are five Kenyan celebrities who have battled depression and suicidal thoughts:

Kimani Mbugua
Citizen TV’s Kimani Mbugua once opened up in an interview with a local tabloid where he shared his struggle with depression while growing up.
Mbugua said that his depression began right after joining college, saying that he was depressed that he had not yet made it in life. But when he decided to take his own life by starving himself for several days, that is when his cousin reached out and saved him.

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Kamene Goro
The sassy Kiss Fm presenter Kamene Goro In an interview with True love narrated how depression took a toll at her life after her marriage came to an end. Ms. Goro recalled how she battled depression.

“Towards the end of my marriage, I was depressed. I popped about 70 sleeping pills to end it all. But just when I started to feel woozy, I heard a still voice asking, do you. Thankfully there was an AAR a few doors from where I lived. I drove myself there and got to my stomach pumped,” she said.

Joey Muthengi

Former Citizen Tv anchor Joey Muthengi early last year in an interview with the Unwritten, an online magazine said she got depressed after she found her white boyfriend had gotten married.

According to Joey the news of her former Highschool sweetheart was too much for her to bear that she found herself plunge into depression. She has since moved on and now works at Voice of America.

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Eric Omondi

Late last year in the wake of former Churchill show comedian Njenga Mswahili Eric Omondi revealed that he once battled depression. Omondi revealed that societal expectations pinned on fame almost pushed him to the edge.

But luckily for him, he credits Churchill host Daniel Ndambuki alias Churchill for his salvation.

Ciru Muriuki

Angela Wanjiru wa Muriuki popularly known as Ciru Muriuki last year opened up on her battle with depression.

According to Muriuki she blamed her depression struggles over high work levels.

Muriuki said that much was expected of her, and in a way made her not have a social life, a move that almost pushed her into the dark side of depression.

“I have had periods of days and days turning to weeks that I’ve just not been okay and because I’ve not been okay, I have not had the motivation to do much other than work and sleep.”