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Recovering from Depression in a Refugee Settlement in Uganda

Christina lives in a refugee settlement in northeastern Uganda. At 28-years old, she has already endured a lifetime of instability. When her family fled Sudan, Christina’s father stayed behind. Her mother still struggles daily to make ends meet. Now, as an adult, Christina is living with HIV, while raising her children without her husband’s support.…

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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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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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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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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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