Smiling Once Again: Sophia

MEET SOPHIA, a 45-year-old single mother of six children in Kampala, Uganda. Years of prostitution triggered a deep and severe depression for Sophia. Her life in the Bwaise Slums was incredibly difficult, and her depression made caring for her family all that more challenging. A StrongMinds Mental Health Facilitator reached out to her, diagnosed her…

Dealing with depression the StrongMinds way

By Fergal Byrne of the Pioneers Post Statistics show that between 76% and 85% of people with severe mental disorder in low and middle-income countries receive no treatment. In Africa, the impact on families is particularly pronounced when women are suffering from depression. Culturally, women are the backbone of African families. Research shows that when an African…

Solving the Depression Epidemic in Africa | Sean Mayberry | TEDxCulverCity

Global healthcare advocate and activist, Sean Mayberry addresses a silent epidemic affecting hundreds of millions Africans, Depression. In a society that attaches stigma to mental health issues, Mayberry finds mass-relief through talk therapy. Sean Mayberry is a former diplomat and social marketer who believes in simple and cost-effective interventions which can improve an area that…

Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs

Episode 34 Interview with Sean Mayberry, CEO of Strong Minds Sean Mayberry is the CEO of Strong Minds an organisation that provide access to mental health services for impoverished Africans by helping people suffering from major depression return to becoming productive members of their communities. Previously Sean was the CEO for FXB International (2011-2013) and…

TEDx Debuts at Maplewood Library with ‘Depression in Africa: Why Should We Care?’

By The Village Green NJ of Maplewood & South Orange We’ve all watched those TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks on YouTube, with big names from Bill Gates to Monica Lewinsky covering topics ranging from innovation to cyber-bullying to education to environment to you-name-it. The “short, powerful” speeches — usually 18-minutes-or-less in length — have become a global phenomenon. Now a version…

Depression in Developing Countries

BY SREEJA KODALI for YALE GLOBAL HEALTH REVIEW Worldwide Prevalence of Diagnosed Clinical Depression. Source: Max Fisher, Washington Post In his book The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, Andrew Solomon, describes the “worst case of depression” he had ever seen. Maggie Robbins, charming and “always so lustrous with energy,” in her deepest depression, was…