artwork for music for mental health
Music for Mental Health is a project that aims at using music to address some of the mental health challenges in Uganda with specific interest in the northern region.  The Project looks at production and promotion of an EP Album  followed by a series of discussions to create awareness on mental health issues.
Positive music can aid healing and It has been proven that music helps in boosting the brain memory, relieves stress, depression and most mental health illnesses. The project is Funded by The Kuonyesha Art Fund.
Majority of the people in northern Uganda have little or no information about mental health issues which makes it hard for them to help themselves and others, and seek help.
Globally, one in four people will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives.
Treatments are available, but nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek help from a health professional. Stigma, discrimination and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental disorders, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
"At least 3 out of 10 northern Ugandans suffer from depression, a mood disorder that causes sadness, downheartedness and gloom,” Joyce Moriku Kaducu, Uganda’s minister of state for primary health care.
In Gulu despite the many interventions in place to address mental health problems, there are no statistics readily available to point out the prevalence of mental health challenges. However, notably, mental health disorder rise was registered just about the time when northern Uganda was declared free from the war between the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army that lasted over two decades.
Despite the many interventions in place to address mental health problems in Gulu, music therapy has not been disseminated as a viable form of therapy. Benjamin Spartos started a project at Gulu Regional Hospital in January 2019 where he would visit with patients of the mental health unit and have music sessions with the patients and caretakers. The monthly sessions became something that the patients and caretakers looked forward to and a space to reduce stress, worries, the feeling of loneliness and find hope to continue living
Music is therefore critical to address the mental health challenges and it is evident that music is known as a tool that helps to reduce muscle tension, improve self-image, boosts better self-esteem, decreases anxiety/agitation, improves on more skillful verbalization, enhances interpersonal relationships, builds stronger group cohesiveness, increases motivation, supports the successful and safe emotional release among others.
EP ALBUM: NICANGO (Click to Expand)
NICANGO is an Acoli word that means HEALING and this summarizes the vision of the Album.
Each song in the album is tailored to address a specific issues in relation to mental health.
DON'T CRY is a call to people battling mental health challenges to find the courage to stay strong amidst the negativity that surrounds them and an inspiration to lift their spirits and give them hope that they will recover from their condition
TWO WIC is a  call on everyone to stand together for mental health issues. Two Wic is an Acoli word that means mental health conditions. The song stresses the fact that nobody is immune to mental health challenges which is why we must support those who are battling these challenges. Mental Health conditions are one of the leading causes of death globally
PINGO DANO DENE raises awareness on the actual triggers of suicide besides what is usually perceived. The word Pingo Dano Dene means Why do people commit suicide?. It shows how simple events in one's life can build a negative pattern that eventually leads to suicide.
The EP Album will be available for download on the 20th of September, 2020 at 12:00pm.
The album is free to download, however we accept any contribution to support production and promotion of similar songs advocating for mental health
We will also be having radio talk shows and online conversations to discuss the relevancy of music in mental health and also to create awareness on mental health issues
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  • Click on download, you will be redirected to another page
  • Click on buy digital album and input 0 as price
  • Click on download to computer
  • if you are using a mobile phone you will be asked to enter an email address to send a download link. enter your email and wait for download link

Download procedure:

  • Click on the word 'Nicango' on player
  • You will be redirected to
  • Create a free account with and you will be able to download the album
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September 20, 2020

Wonderful! Very inspirational message! Keep it up!

September 20, 2020


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