News from StrongMinds

Global Advocacy for Mental Health

Putting Africa’s Mental Health Crisis on the Global Agenda StrongMinds advocates for improved financing for mental health initiatives, addressing stigma around mental health, and elevating the voices of people with lived depression experience globally. Recently, we had the opportunity to advance these goals at three key summits. UN General Assembly At the UN General Assembly…

New Research: Six-Week Therapy Yields Improved Results

Since our first therapy groups commenced in 2014, we have sought to develop efficiencies in our therapy model that will allow us to reach more people with depression faster. Over the years, we have consistently heard from clients that attendance requirements for lengthy therapy cycles can interfere with income-producing work and childcare responsibilities. In response,…

New Partnerships Drive Geographical Expansion

StrongMinds has entered its first-ever government partnership outside of Uganda and Zambia. We recently signed an MOU with Mombasa County in Kenya to train 60 community health workers to deliver our IPT-G model. This achievement is the culmination of our growing Global Partnerships Program, which served nearly 8,000 people with depression in Ethiopia, Kenya, and…

Welcoming Debate About Cost-efficiency and Impact

We appreciate the recent attention we have received around the cost-effectiveness of Group Interpersonal Therapy (IPT-G) from two highly respected organizations: Happier Lives Institute and GiveWell. We welcome this conversation, as it elevates the dialogue around prioritizing mental health, which is much needed. Mental health treatment is still vastly underfunded, particularly in low- and middle-income…

StrongMinds Declared 2nd Annual Anthem Award Winner

The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) announced StrongMinds as a winner in two categories for the 2nd Annual Anthem Awards on February 15, 2023. The awards, launched by the Webby Awards in 2021, recognize social impact work from across the globe in seven core causes ranging from Humanitarian Action and Services to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.…

Responding to Climate Disasters and Disease Outbreaks

Climate-related environmental disasters and infectious disease outbreaks are increasingly affecting mental health in Africa. Safety concerns and loss of life, property, or livelihoods can trigger or worsen mental health disorders in the aftermath of a catastrophe. Uganda has been particularly hard-hit recently, and StrongMinds is providing much-needed mental health support in affected regions. In July,…