Ice Breakers Uganda, last week, released a crisis response guide specially tailored to address mental health challenges experienced by LGBTI individuals especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.
The online guide titled Not Alone is an initiative aimed at changing the culture of mental health, normalizing open conversations on mental health and its effects within the LGBT community in Uganda. The Not Alone Initiative intends to build stronger support group therapy sessions for sharing and learning for LGBT persons experiencing mental health issues arising from to stigma, discrimination and violence faced within the LGBT community; and inmate partner violence and gender based violence from general community. This is in response to the challenges faced by the LGBT community exposed to toxic families and communities without much help during the covid-19 crisis.
The Initiative further aims at creating a safe space for LGBT persons where they can freely and openly express themselves on mental health issues and create intervention measures for healing.
The project was funded by UHAI. View the entire guide below.
If you or someone is experiencing mental health issues (depression, stress, anxiety, mania, or any emotional challenges) suicidal attempts, our psychologists are available on a toll free line 0800-100-094 or reach out to our social media.