Stories of Hope

Involvement of the YouBelong team in the World Mental Health Day event

December 18, 2019

On 08th November 2019, YouBelong Uganda team participated in a celebration of World Mental Health Day in the Kyaka II refugee settlement center located in Mubende district, some seven hours drive from Kampala. Our team travelled on the YouBelong bus and were focussed on showing solidarity with people suffering from severe mental illness, and advocating for stigma reduction and adequate services for the mental health sector, in Uganda.

 

The day was celebrated under the theme “Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention”. The celebrations were hosted by American Refugee Committee (ARC) in partnership with TPO, African Humanitarian Action, War Child Holland, Humanity and Inclusion, World Vision, FCA, Good neighbours and UNHCR. The YouBelong team participated in a 5km march with other organisations working with people with mental disorders, and their families. The march aimed to create advocacy against mental health stigma. The guest of honour was Dr.Olaro Charles, Director Health Services (clinical and community) accompanied by Dr Lukwata Hafsa – Ag Assistant Commissioner Mental health.

The team also distributed brochures and fliers explaining the YouBelongHOME model of community mental health care. The YouBelong team also got an opportunity to interact with other organisations in the mental health sector.