After serving as the Executive Director in Uganda since 2013, Dr. William Kibaalya was able to visit the StrongMinds US office to meet with the entire team face-to-face. Besides working on balancing the 2017 budget, the highlight of William’s trip was eating lobster for the very first time!
MEET WANYAMA, a 41-year-old widow, who lost her husband 4 years ago, and has lost 3 of her children to AIDS. Her depression score at pre- assessment was severe and she had no interest in joining the StrongMinds Talk Therapy Group but the Mental Health Facilitator kept encouraging her to join. During the initial therapy…Details
Depression in Africa is devastating: It’s the number one disabler of women. In fact, there are 66 million women suffering, 85 percent of whom have no access to treatment. StrongMinds is implementing a cost-effective group therapy program that helps impoverished women to become depression-free. We have treated more than 3,496 women to date. Meet a…Details
Kari, StrongMinds’ Program Director, took these photos while she visited the staff at StrongMinds Uganda. She also had a chance to observe a few StrongMinds Therapy Groups, and even one Peer Therapy Group!
MEET DEBORAH, a 34-year-old widow and mother living with HIV. She lost her husband 6 years ago and is caring for their children. Life had become meaningless after testing positive and she even thought of committing suicide. When she first started the StrongMinds Talk Therapy Group she did not fully trust the other village women.…Details
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…Details
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…Details
Kim, Operations Manager for StrongMinds US, took these images of typical life in Uganda to show the typical daily lives of those in StrongMinds group therapy.