Experts in mental health and psycho social issues want services of mental health strengthened in rural areas.
According to the experts, scaling up of mental health services in the rural communities will help the many people who are suffering with the effects from pandemic to access services.
Mental health experts say that many people in the rural communities are still suffering with issues of depression, anxiety, loneliness, trauma among others.
As such, the experts now want services of mental health strengthened in rural areas. They say that scaling up
of mental health services in the rural communities will help the many people
who are suffering with the effects from pandemic to access services.
This comes at a time when the government is also considering
carrying out a survey to establish the actual number of people having mental
health problems in order to be able to plan for them.
Grace Obalini, a mental health and psycho social support
adviser with TPO Uganda, a civil society organization that
empowers communities in mental health, says that with the COVID 19, many people still suffer
quietly with challenges of stress, anxiety and loneliness among others.
She was addressing a cohort of youths who are training in mental health issues with an aim of empowering them with basics that can easily help them identify people with mental challenges in their communities.
She says that many of these people
in their scattered communities just need counseling services and psychosocial
support for them to recover slowly.
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She adds that when it comes to the
youth that have stayed long without attending school the situation worsens
as many miss out on their peers who they feel free to share with.
Obalini noted that there is still a
need to extend more services around mental health in all government health
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Francis Wangi, another expert in
mental health with Brac Uganda, says that after realizing the magnitude of the
problem in the different communities they came up with a program of training
alumni students on MasterCard scholarship in mental health and psychosocial
He says that the training is
intended to empower the 100 youths with basics in mental health that can help
them identify people in their communities that are suffering with signs of
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He adds that with the basics given
during the training, the students can easily tell the type of support needed by
someone after showing signs of mental illness and be able to make referrals
He however notes that from the reports
from the first cohort of 50 youths who were trained on the same program, the
referrals tend to become a problem.
Wangi explained that the first
cohort that was passed out in March 2021, now in the field has helped the
program to spell out some of the challenges that are still pressing when it
comes to mental health.
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Some of the students that
participated in the training said that the training will empower them to
support the many people in their home villages who suffer with mental health
Hawa Nabunya, from Nakaseke district
says that her focus is on counselling people in her community to slowly recover
from the covid-19 challenges.
Bruhan Kyomuhendo, from Kyenjojo
district says that the training starts with enabling him as an individual to
recover from the stress he has had for some time.
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Meanwhile the minister of state for primary health care
Dr.Moruku Kaduccu, says there are many issues around mental health but the government has tried to improvise especially at the regional
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Dr Hafsa Lukwata, the acting assistant
commissioner for mental health and control of substance abuse at the ministry,
says that they still lack on issues of data to plan well due to lack funds
needed to take on a survey.
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According to a 2014 report released by the Mental
Disability Advocacy Centre (MDAC),most of the mental health Services in the
country are excessively concentrated around the capital, which leaves
those in the rural communities having little access to mental healthcare.