Hear My Heart : Let's Talk Mental Health | Uganda Blogging Community
There are 30 psychiatrists working in Uganda. With a total population of more than 35 million people, that's less than one per million. The World Health Organisation estimates that 90% of mentally ill people here never get treatment. - BBC Uganda's state of mental health is clearly a dark and gloomy one. When you speak of mental health, most people automatically think madness and depression yet these are just two aspects of a wide dichotomy. The World Health Organisation in defining health notes "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." For many Ugandans, health only alludes to the physiological, that is, physical disease. The mind is somehow expected to self cleanse as it keeps normal bodily functions going. "Butabika". The name of the one mental health hospital in Uganda is a symbol of stigma. In Africa, Uganda in particular, it is shameful to have mental issues. Worry, depression, etc are all frowned