Ugandan women suffer from unipolar depression at twice the rate of men. StrongMinds trains mental health facilitators who lead peer-group therapy sessions for Ugandan women, and aims to reach two million women by 2025. Read on for this recent article published in Stanford Social Innovation Review. Fall_2018_Strength_in_Numbers (2)Details
We are thrilled to officially welcome Frank Harle to the StrongMinds team as he now takes up the reins to lead StrongMinds’ strategic expansion into a second country in 2019. For the past six-months he has been working as a consultant with our team in Uganda providing technical support to StrongMinds Uganda on fundraising and…Details
International Day of the African Child is celebrated each year on June 16 to raise awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children.
Imani McGee-Stafford, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) player for the Atlanta Dream and a mental health advocate, joined StrongMinds in honoring of Mental Health Awareness Month in May 2018. Imani promoted the work of StrongMinds on social media to help raise awareness of the organization and the importance of mental health. Scroll down to view the…Details
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…Details
StrongMinds: Treating Depression at Scale in Africa
By David J. Olson @davidjolson The problem with mental health and substance abuse in Africa and other developing countries is not that awareness has not been raised about these huge contributors to the global burden of disability. Annually since 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) Mental Health Gap Action Programme has been meeting to scale up services for…Details
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…Details
Watch as Rashidah shares her story about going from feeling hopeless and suicidal to having the confidence to start her own small business… All because of her participation in a StrongMinds Therapy Group.
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…Details