In 2019, Finemind focused its efforts on the internally displaced persons of Agago District in Northern Uganda. The core team trained 22 lay counselors within six sub-counties of Agago to offer a collaborative stepped care intervention for common mental disorders. Namely, 16 health workers within 16 health centers and 6 persons from Basic Needs UK in Uganda and the St. Mary's Training School for Midwifery.
The first mental health medical camp was organized in Paimol sub-county, dubbed the Positivemind Project, attracting over 800 community members. The event was the first-of-its-kind utilizing edutainment, song and dance, and counseling to drum up awareness about mental health. Our newly trained community mental health workers offered over 100 counseling sessions for the community.
Next steps include engaging stakeholders and decision-makers for district-wide involvement, continued coordination of sub-county mental health camps, and continued capacity building.
In 2018, Finemind (then mindfullwe) coordinated a community mental health program in Kampala, Uganda to validate the MANAS model, a collaborative stepped care intervention for persons struggling with common mental disorders implemented in Goa, India. Three lay workers underwent an 80 hour training and were integrated within Ndejje Health Center IV to offer treatments for depression. Within six months, the lay counselors had enrolled nearly 260 patients and provided over 700 counseling sessions. Nearly 75% of the patients enrolled had sustained below mild depressive symptoms and had shown no depression as a diagnosis upon discharge. Please find the detailed impact report here.