TREATING WOMEN’S DEPRESSION
StrongMinds works to treat women and adolescents in Africa who suffer from depression. Its simple and cost-efficient model of group therapy focuses on women living in poor communities. Since 2018, we have been supporting StrongMinds to adapt and replicate in Zambia the model it has successfully developed in Uganda. During the COVID-19 pandemic StrongMinds developed Africa’s first phone-based group therapy for depression. The organisation is today uniquely poised to support Ministries of Health in both countries and partner organisations as they facilitate and scale StrongMinds’ therapy model, spreading the seeds of good mental health widely.
StrongMinds trains and supervises community workers to become mental health facilitators and to lead group therapy sessions. These target women with depression in poor communities, where the prevalence of depression is as high as 30%.
StrongMinds’ therapy is available in person or by phone. In groups, 10 to 12 women meet for weekly 90-minute group therapy sessions. Over 6-10 sessions, the participants learn how to identify the triggers of depression, share strategies to overcome their symptoms and build long-term resilience.
StrongMinds’ model enables women who have completed their group therapy sessions to be trained to lead their own peer therapy groups, multiplying the organisation’s impact. The organisation also works with governments and NGOS to integrate mental health services into livelihood, food security, healthcare, and education programs.
From depression to recovery
WOMEN AND ADOLESCENTS
treated for depression since StrongMinds’ creation in 2014
OF WOMEN AND ADOLESCENTS
who completed group therapy are “depression-free” after six months