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StrongMinds Therapy Group: “Together We Can”

Every Monday afternoon for the past six weeks, a group of 12 women have met on a neighbor’s porch. The StrongMinds Therapy Group, which selected the name “Together We Can,” will meet for a total of 12 weeks to overcome their depression together with guidance from Susan, their StrongMinds Mental Health Facilitator. Susan begins each session by going…

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Fall 2017 Images

Our favorite photos from a recent StrongMinds Therapy Group sessions in Uganda.  The women were proud to share their success stories about how they have overcome their depression and are now able to care for themselves and in most cases their families. Click on the image to see a larger view of the picture and…

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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…

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Summer 2017 Images

Here are a few of our more recent favorite photos from the field during recent StrongMinds Therapy Group sessions.   These women are discussing their triggers for depression and thinking about solutions together for their problems.  This approach allows the women to understand they are not alone in their struggles.  Use the arrows to scroll through…

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10 Solvers selected @ MIT Solve’s Brain Health Challenge

Winners of the 2017 Brain Health Challenge by MIT Solve, selected on September 17th, 2017 By: Alvaro Fernandez Yesterday, after a day of great pitches and tough decisions, the Judges @ MIT Solve’s Brain Health Challenge selected 10 Winners (called “Solvers”) developing non-invasive, non-pharmacological, scalable technology solutions that: Empower people to improve their overall brain health and fitness, mental…

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Maplewood’s StrongMinds to Pitch at MIT’s ‘Solve Initiative’

From The Village Green of Maplewood and South Orange The following is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT’s new Solve initiative recently announced the finalists for the Global Challenge Finals live pitch event during the United Nations General Assembly Week. Sixteen innovators and entrepreneurs, including Maplewood-based solution team StrongMinds, were selected as finalists for the Brain…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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mhNOW Press Release

Global and community leaders announce mhNOW initiative will engage 30 cities by 2030 to close the mental health gap Multi-stakeholder Commitment to Action announced by private, public, and philanthropic organizations at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting NEW YORK, NY – September 20, 2016 – Global and community leaders across sectors made a Commitment to Action for “mental…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Get Happy, Get Rich: The Relationship Between Depression and Poverty

Originally published by Foreign Affairs on April 21, 2015. By: Catherine Thomas and Johannes Haushofer Depression, which the World Health Organization calls “the leading cause of disability worldwide,” affects 350 million, but it strikes the poor the hardest. A meta-analysis of 56 epidemiologic studies by researchers at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium found…

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2014 Results

To date, we have successfully treated 514 women in our therapy groups! Our team of trained and certified mental health facilitators use group interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT-G) to treat these poor women who live on $1-2 a day.  The results from our first phase are very encouraging. Impact Synopsis An Impact Evaluation indicates that the StrongMinds’…

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