Mental health stigma can be divided into two distinct types: social stigma is characterized by prejudicial attitudes and discriminating behaviour directed towards individuals with mental health problems as a result of the psychiatric label they have been given.
In contrast, perceived stigma or self-stigma is the internalizing by the mental health sufferer of their perceptions of discrimination (Link, Cullen, Struening & Shrout, 1989), and perceived stigma can significantly affect feelings of shame and lead to poorer treatment outcomes (Perlick, Rosenheck, Clarkin, Sirey et al., 2001).
million people globally prone to suffering mental health problem today
million people in Uganda that are likely to suffer a mental health issue
national referral mental hospital to serve a population of 40 million
have no access to treatment or information regarding mental health
Next time you’re in a group, look around. One of every four people in the room will have a mental health issue at some point in their life. When you widen the circle to include those of us who love, work, or interact with people experiencing a mental health issue, it’s safe to say mental illness touches us all in one way or another. Despite its prevalence, having a mental health crisis is still a source of shame for nearly everyone. The World Health Organization (WHO) says two thirds of those with a mental illness will never seek help from a health professional. In Uganda, Clear Yo Mind is a social enterprise working to change that narrative.
Clear Yo Mind was inspired during a time of darkness, self-stigma, anguish, and deep depression. Our Founders determined to create a society where nobody suffering from depression would ever have to suffer the same fate – failure to access professional help at the point in time they need it the most. Uganda has only 1 national mental health referral hospital (Butabika hospital) and approximately 34 psychiatrists for a population of 38 million people, yet the number of mental cases seems to be increasing due to alcohol and drug abuse.
Clear Yo Mind focuses on breaking the stigma surrounding mental health by raising awareness of mental health issues, with a focus on depression which is silently eating away at our society without regard to age, race, socioeconomic status or any other factors sometimes society pegs it to.
Clear Yo Mind Core Crew
CEO and co-founder
Elizabeth is responsible for leading on the strategic direction of Clear Yo Mind, identifying and securing key partnerships, as well as bringing on board other stakeholders.
COO and co-founder
Apollo is responsible for all operations. He leads on the offline and online branding, networking and recruitment, and represents Clear Yo Mind at stakeholder meetings and forums.
Web Systems Developer
Gideon is the web systems developer and is responsible for establishing the counselling platform system, and will take lead on the app development.
Clear Yo Mind Superguides
Rebecca van der Merwe
Coach and Mentor
Rebecca draws on her natural skills, her education, and her work and life experiences to bring out the best in us for Clear Yo Mind.
Gonçalo de Vasconcelos
CEO, Syndicate Room
Goncalo helps us to reach our maximum potential by giving us the necessary tools for us to build our own path and create our own luck.
Head of Investments, GEMCORP
Tina is strongly motivated to enable us achieve the future we envision and avails us the skills and tricks of visionary business planning.