Integrated Mental Health Initiative (IMI) is a mental health research and development agency. We support development of mental health infrastructure for alleviating mental disorders, accelerating healing, and sustaining mental wellbeing.
The World Health Organization estimates that 1 in 4 people experience mental disorders at some point in life.
Studies have demonstrated a very strong link between poverty and mental disorders. This is explained by the way our society is socioeconomically and politically structured for more than 5 decades. We face growing sophisticated nature of the world today, because of sharp inequalities, chronic poverty, and defective policies, which fail healthy transition from childhood to develop to adults. As such, the youth are most vulnerable.
Depression is greatest mental health challenge and a pathway to long-term dysfunctional states, or diseases, or violence, leading to irrational deaths. Unfortunately, mental health does not feature significantly on the national, regional, and international development agendas. This undermines productivity of people and further traps them into poverty, depression, mental disorders, physical illnesses, violence, and daily face-to-death with unnecessary death year-round.
In Uganda, at least 2 members of the family suffer from some form of mental disorders, with open risk to others. This adversely affects educational, occupational, and social functioning.
Experiences have shown that mental health challenges are present towards the end of the year, between August and December, while vulnerability to physical health concerns sets in between March and August with limited mental health support or none at all. The long-term sufferers struggle on to end the year with extreme difficulties, leading to deaths before or at the beginning of the year.
The Covid19 crisis more than doubled the situation, as livelihoods were severely disrupted, beyond means of recovery, which calls for urgent interventions.
Our areas of specialization are psychoanalysis, psychodynamics, psychometrics, human growth and development, child mental health, mental health in marriage, trauma management, anxiety and depression management, mental health education, organization development, as well as change and change management. Click here for more information.
We use virtual and home-based approaches to care, management, and support. Click here to contact us.