StrongMinds is a social enterprise that treats depression in women and adolescents in low-income communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Our rigorously tested group talk therapy model is delivered by trained lay community members, enabling us to rapidly reach tens of thousands of people each year.
Since our founding in 2013, we have restored mental health to over 100,000 women and adolescents. We are the only organization scaling a proven, cost-effective solution to the depression epidemic in Africa.
StrongMinds serves primarily African women and adolescents, who are a large and acutely vulnerable population. These women are often single parents, who rely on subsistence farming or petty trade in local markets to provide for the three to five children in her care. She may not be familiar with the illness ‘depression,’ but she acknowledges that she has experienced culturally-relevant syndromes such as, in Uganda, y'okwetchawa, which translates as self-loathing.
Helps StrongMinds reach more individuals living with depression.
Before therapy begins, StrongMinds provides psychoeducation, which informs community members of the symptoms and triggers of depression. This helps individuals living with depression self-identify and combats stigma around mental illness.
Treats one woman with depression.
When a woman completes StrongMinds therapy, she gains insights into her triggers of depression. She emerges with a new sense of hope, along with the tools to identify and prevent future depressive episodes.
Helps improve the lives of four families.
When you help a woman restore her mental health, her entire family thrives. Her children attend school more often and eat more meals every day. On average, each woman we treat has four dependents living in her household. Help 20 people live happier lives by supporting the mental health of four women.
Funds group therapy for 12 women.
In group therapy, our clients identify the root causes and triggers of their depression and formulate strategies to overcome their triggers. They forge friendships and continue supporting each other long after therapy has ended.