Dena Batrice

Dena Batrice Named Executive Director of StrongMinds Uganda

In November StrongMinds launched a global search effort for the new Executive Director to lead StrongMinds Uganda.  After reviewing over a hundred applicants and interviewing a dozen impressive candidates, StrongMinds is proud to announce that Dena Batrice has been selected as the Executive Director for StrongMinds Uganda. Dena brings a wealth of experience to the role…

The Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Dr. Myrna Weissman, a member of the StrongMinds Advisory Board, recently released an updated and expanded edition of her book, The Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy. StrongMinds’ work was founded on a randomized control trial of Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy that took place in Uganda in 2002, which was conducted by Paul Bolton et al. Dr. Weissman adapted…

Why Depression in Africa?

Depression is the leading cause of disability globally. More than 25% African women are suffering from depression and 85% have no access to mental health treatment. StrongMinds is the only organization focused on scaling a solution to the depression epidemic in Africa through its proven group talk therapy programs. Depression affects every aspect of a woman’s…

StrongMinds’ Solution Selected at MIT’s Solve

Solve is Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) initiative to bring together problem-solvers to tackle the world’s most pressing problems through open innovation and partnership. Over 950 applications were submitted and 68 were chosen as finalists to pitch their solution to a panel of expert judges in New York City on Sunday, September 17.  Sean Mayberry,…

StrongMinds Selected as Finalist for MIT’s Solve

Solve is Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) initiative to bring together problem-solvers to tackle the world’s pressing problems — StrongMinds is a finalist for the Brain Health global challenge. Sean Mayberry, StrongMinds’ Founder and Executive Director, will pitch our solution to a panel of expert judges and a live audience in New York City on…

Global Mental Health Funding

In April 2017, the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation at the University of Washington released its seminal annual report on development funding for health in low and middle income countries. The report summarizes all bilateral, multilateral, corporate and private philanthropic investment into health throughout the prior calendar year. It also breaks out funding by…

Follow Up Evaluations for Phase 1 & Phase 2

In late 2016, StrongMinds engaged an external team of data collectors to follow up with the very first patients treated by the organization, in 2014 and early 2015. Our goal in revisiting these patients was to understand how they are faring 18 and 24 months after StrongMinds’ therapy ended, both in terms of their mental…

Still We Rise: A Documentary Film

Molly Knight-Raskin, a member of the StrongMinds Advisory Board, recently completed a documentary film on mental health in Liberia.  The film, titled Still We Rise, was directed by Molly Knight-Raskin and Ben Niles, and shares the inspiring story of three young nurses working to tackle mental illness in Liberia. Sean Mayberry, the Executive Director of StrongMinds, served…

World Health Day 2017

  On Friday, April 7, 2017, StrongMinds marked World Health Day at the World Health Organization’s event at the United Nations in New York City.  StrongMinds was joined by other local, national, and international nonprofits working in the global mental health space, as well as academic partners from the New York City area. The theme…