Who are we?
At Twogere, we work with young people with the lived experience of mental health conditions to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination across contexts.
The effects of mental and neurological health conditions are huge for individuals, families, communities and countries. It accounts for nearly 10% of the global disease burden, 70% of which originates between the ages of 11 and 24.
An estimated 35% Ugandans have a mental health condition. However, despite the availability of effective treatment, the majority of young people still suffer in silence due to widespread stigma and discrimination. Due to stigma, they experience denial of participation in community life, abuse of their human rights, limited access to care and support. This is further compounded by a lack of resources – the health budget allocation for mental health is less than 1%; and the psychiatrist to patient ratio is 1,000,000
Research shows that knowing or having contact with someone with mental illness is one of the best ways to reduce stigma. When we know someone with a mental illness, it becomes less scary and more real and relatable. As such, we share our stories without shame to change the way young people think and act about mental health problems.
We envision a world where young people's mental health is as valued as physical health.
Changing the way young people think and act about mental health problems.
At the core of everything we do, we are: