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CSC Alumni Uganda

Mental health and psychosocial support workshop for school children: UCSFAA community engagement

Date: 12/11/2022

Duration: 08:00-17:00 (EAT)

Location: Gulu

Mental health and psychosocial support workshop on alcohol and drug use among youth and school children in Northern Uganda

In commemoration of this year’s World Mental Health Day theme, ‘Make Mental Health for all a Global Priority’, Commonwealth Alumni in Uganda will deliver a mental health workshop focused on alcohol and drug abuse, which is predominant in Northern Uganda.

The workshop panel will include alumni who are mental health experts at Butabika Mental Hospital, the only mental health referral hospital in Uganda. The workshop will be preceded by a school outreach.

The aims of the workshop are to:

  • Raise awareness of mental health issues and encourage open conversations on alcohol and substance abuse in the local community
  • Reduce stigma association with mental health illnesses and promote health seeking behaviours and emotional well-being practices
  • Prevent suicide through individual education and outreach amongst young people
  • Equip young people with knowledge and information to enable them to fight against alcohol and drug use in schools and communities
  • Equip community and cultural leaders on providing mental health support for young people

This event is organised by the Uganda Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows Alumni Association (UCSFAA) and is supported by the British Council in Uganda.

08:00-12:00   Mental health training workshop

14:00-16:00   School engagement

16:00-17:00   Visit to a rehabilitation centre

19:00-20:00   Radio talk show on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services

Gulu District Health Officer

Hospital Director, Gulu Regional Referral Hospital

Representative from World Health Organization (WHO)

Mental health expert, Pacta Rehabilitation Centre Gulu

Cecilia Driciru, mental health expert trainer (2009 Professional Fellow)

William Ukura, mental health expert trainer (2018 Professional Fellow)

Arthur Niwagaba, President, UCSFAA (2012 Scholar)