StrongMinds Uganda Celebrates World Mental Health Day 

StrongMinds Uganda teams observed World Mental Health Day with several outreach and visibility events throughout October. Kalerwe Market served as the first mobilization site due to the large number of vendors who might be experiencing depression and other mental health challenges on Oct. 10. Throughout the day, staff and peer facilitators educated individuals about depression…

Sean Mayberry, Founder and CEO of StrongMinds, Awarded the 2022 Honorary Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health

Sean Mayberry was selected as the winner of the Honorary 2022 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health, awarded by The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. The Honorary Prize Recipients were chosen by an esteemed panel for their groundbreaking work in global mental health. “The 2022 Pardes Prize recipients personify the deep knowledge and understanding of…

StrongMinds Uganda and Ministry of Education Join Forces to Prioritize Adolescent Mental Health in Schools

Uganda’s Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) circulated guidelines instructing all academic institutions to implement mental health programming in schools on October 5. The milestone comes after continuous ministry liaison with StrongMinds teams urging officials to place adolescent mental health higher on Uganda’s national education agenda. Under new procedures, institutions must begin implementing at least…

Why Does Mental Health in Africa Matter?

by Rasa Dawson, Chief Development and Communications Officer at StrongMinds Published on the OECD Forum Network’s blog Over the past few years, the impact of untreated mental health conditions has become undeniable, as families around the world struggle with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to the stressors of everyday life. This is…

Educator Training Pilot Benefits Students and Teachers in Uganda

In 2021, StrongMinds launched an educator training pilot to explore the potential of instructing teachers to lead group interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT-G) sessions for adolescent students in Uganda.   After formal training, teachers deployed the skills obtained under StrongMinds’ supervision and delivered IPT-G sessions in groups consisting of 10-11 students. Initial results indicated that this model…

Happiness for the Whole Family: A Report

Investing in mental health may be the most cost-effective way to improve human well-being. This news comes from a report recently released by the Happier Lives Institute (HLI), entitled Happiness for the Whole Family, which concluded that mental health support provides greater long-term benefits to recipients and their household members than a direct cash transfer. HLI…