Where to get help in Uganda

 

 

Public health facilities


In Uganda, mental health care is free. You can see a mental health professional at Bosa Mental Health Clinic at Mulago Hospital or Butabika National Referral Mental Hospital in Kampala. 


The outpatient departments are open between 8am and 5pm between Monday and Friday 


Outside of these hours, mental health professionals at Butabika National Referral Mental Hospital are available to provide care in an emergency.


You will not be charged for your appointment or for any medication costs. 


Outside of Kampala, district hospitals may be able to provide some care for people with mental health challenges or will refer you to Kampala for specialist care. 

 

Non-governmental organisations 

 

1. Mental Health Uganda 


Mental Health Uganda is an organisation for people with mental health challenges.

You can find out more information about them on their website https://www.mentalhealthuganda.org/, or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/mentalhealthug. You can follow them on Twitter on @MentalHealth_Ug


As well as awareness raising and advocacy work, Mental Health Uganda can provide support to people experiencing mental health challenges. 
Those in need of counselling can contact Mental Health Uganda on the following numbers:


+256-392-178-953 
+256-772-892-752


Counselling is provided free by professional counsellors. 


You can also visit their office at:
House 58
Kamanya road (Turn from Lungujja police post and salt TV)
Rubaga
Kampala Uganda


2. Strong Minds 


StrongMinds provides free, group talk therapy for women in Uganda. You can visit their website: Strongminds.org 


They have just launched an automated WhatsApp chatbot, called Amani (https://strongminds.org/amani-strongminds-new-mental-health-chatbot/), that provides information, advice, and understanding to individuals struggling with difficult feelings. It also provides a pathway to be screened for depression. 


You can speak to the chatbot by messaging “hello” to +256323200666 on WhatsApp.


You will be able to request a call back for an assessment by a counsellor. If you have signs of depression, you will be invited to join a phone-based group teletherapy. 

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We are seeking to create an up to date list of resources available to people facing mental health challenges in Uganda.

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This information was all true when this page was written in March 2021. If you have any difficulty accessing the services listed above, please contact us.