Established in 2018, Twogere is a not-for-profit community-based organization working to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination across contexts.
The team works in tandem with a mental health clinic to provide peer-to-peer support and psycho-social rehabilitation to young people experiencing mental health challenges and engage the wider communities through social contact events in which we share our own stories to empower others like us.
Why Young People?
More than 75% of Uganda's population is less than 30 years old
Why Mental Health STIGMA?
Globally, close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder, 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide yet, relatively few people around the world have access to quality mental health services.
In Uganda, an estimated 35% of the people have mental health problems, and 15% require treatment. Despite the availability of effective treatment, millions of young people in Uganda with mental health problems still suffer in silence due to the widespread mental health stigma and shame. Also, very few young people know that treatment is available.
At Twogere, we believe that by sharing our stories openly without shame, young people get educated about these problems, and get to know what causes them. They are also made aware that treatment for mental health problems is available and that it is okay to have a mental health problem as these challenges are widespread and anyone can be affected.
Create a network of young people who are empowered to lead unashamed conversations about mental health everywhere in Uganda.
Young people experiencing poor mental health thrive in supportive communities.
At the core of everything we do, we are:
Dr. June Busingye
Christine A. Abaako
Community Liason Coordinator
Senior Communications & Advocacy Lead