As the only nonprofit organization focused on treating people with depression on the continent, StrongMinds is laser-focused on impact.
From 2014 through 2015, StrongMinds implemented a two-phase pilot using group talk therapy for groups of 10 to 12 women. In Phase Two of the pilot, StrongMinds shortened the treatment period to 12 weeks. With a staff of six Ugandans — a country director, one mental health supervisor and four group facilitators — we treated a total of 514 women suffering from depression in the impoverished communities of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. The program exceeded our expectations: Between 94 and 97 percent of the women treated reported a significant reduction in symptoms despite the reduced number of sessions.
StrongMinds group talk therapy has lasting impact. Six- and eight-month post assessments show that three quarters of women remain free of their symptoms of depression.
StrongMinds Therapy Group’s benefits are far-reaching. Once free of their symptoms of depression, participants eat better, are physically healthier, take better care of their children, and are more adept at seeking help in other areas of their lives.