Maureen Waititu, a social media personality, claims she suffered from acute depression following her divorce from Frankie Kiarie.
They had two sons from their marriage.
She became a laughingstock after Frankie moved in with socialite Corazon Kwamboka and fell pregnant with her.
The reaction on social media to the termination of the relationship, according to Maureen, took a significant toll on her mental health and nearly led her to commit suicide.
“The internet trolled me very badly. I was the topic of discussion almost everywhere for months on end and I was losing it behind closed doors,” she said.
Waititu claimed that she had been unable to get out of bed, eat properly, or sleep well for several weeks.
“I started getting heart palpitations, light-headed and very distracted. I remember twice in a mall, I parked my car and left the door wide open just to come back and find concerned security guards next to my car,” she said.
As a result, she lost interest in the things she enjoyed doing and fell into a dark hole she couldn’t climb out of.
She finally started having suicidal thoughts.
“The thoughts were so persistent that I attempted to end my life three different times,” she confessed.
Waititu was speaking at the Girl Generation Festival on Monday in Athi River, which aimed to make the mental health and well-being of girls and women a global priority.
In her final suicide attempt, she drove out of her house onto Waiyaki Way, intending to crash into oncoming traffic.
However, the memory of her two young sons rushed across her head and pulled her back to reality.
“Thankfully, at this point, I had been recommended to a very good psychiatrist who I still see even today,” she said.
According to Waititu, the first step toward mental wellbeing is admitting that you need help.
“It’s okay to seek help. I have never looked back since then. Even though I have had lapses in my mental health since then, it has gotten better,” she said.
She said that there is often a lot of negativity around medication for mental health but her doctor did what had to be done.
“I started off with very heavy anti-depressants which would put me out at night and keep me awake during the day. For two years, I was basically operating like a robot,” she said.
Waititu stated that with persistence, she was able to completely recover and discontinue her anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication.
“If people tell you otherwise about medication, trust your physician. Take care of your health whatever it takes because no one has got you like you have got you,” she said.
She now publicly discusses mental health and promotes for mental well-being, thanks to Better 4 Kenya, which works to elevate the voices of influencers.
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