Mental health challenges are real, we call those suffering from mental health “mad”, we can’t share with them a table, we cannot shake their hands less hug them, we close our noses should they happen to cross our paths. We laugh at them when they move their bodies in an uncoordinated way, laugh alone; little do we know that they have lost control of their muscles. When they take their own lives, we call them cowards, do you have any idea of the many voices in their heads all urging them to do lots of “weird” things, the darkness they live in? Ever imagined going through all these and more.
Did you even know you can come down with mental health yourself? Do you want to be treated like you treat a “mad” person?

You can start by changing your attitude towards people suffering with mental health.

Have you heard of the music sessions Benjamin Spartos is having with the mental health patients at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital? He uses music as a means to address some of the challenges mental health patients go through. If you can, join us in these sessions, sing with us, dance with us, laugh with us, talk to these people, make them feel wanted and valued. Music is very valuable to each and everyone of us, it helps us live another day.

You can donate to the cause as well, the team needs to transport themselves, coordinate the sessions, offer refreshments to the patients and their caretakers. You can go through Benjamin or the hospital and support the patients directly.

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The Sixth music session at the mental health unit of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital on Sunday 7, April, 2019:

We had a total of 14 people who attended. Of the total 43% were patients and 57% were caretakers. The ratio of female to male was even.

Everyone has a high risk of getting a mental health challenge which calls for a collective responsibility to take care of each other.

It is wrong in all humane ways to reject people facing mental health challenges just because of their condition.

Together we can put an end to the stigma caused by mental health challenges and improve rehabilitation

Support these music sessions by donating what you can through our gofundme link or reaching of to us directly.
https://www.gofundme.com/music-sessions-for-mental-health

Photo credits: Sophie Neiman

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The Sixth music session at the mental health unit of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital on Sunday 7, April, 2019:

We had a total of 14 people who attended. Of the total 43% were patients and 57% were caretakers. The ratio of female to male was even.

Everyone has a high risk of getting a mental health challenge which calls for a collective responsibility to take care of each other.

It is wrong in all humane ways to reject people facing mental health challenges just because of their condition.

Together we can put an end to the stigma caused by mental health challenges and improve rehabilitation

Support these music sessions by donating what you can through our gofundme link or reaching of to us directly.
https://www.gofundme.com/music-sessions-for-mental-health

Photo credits: Sophie Neiman

The 8th music session at the mental health unit of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital on Sunday 19th May, 2019.

A total of 21 people. 43% were patients and 57% were caretakers. Of the patients, 44% were male and 56% female. Of the caretakers, 83% were female and 17% male. 
We are so grateful to @Nyeko J.J Paul and @joanitaayenyo for supporting with interpretation, registration and organization. 
Here are some of the questions during the session; are very emotional;

1>If you went for an education session where the teacher tells you to stop taking your medication should you stop? 
2>If your family ties you in chains and beats you up to the point of passing out urine and feaces in front of your kids, how do handle such a situation?

Medication is vital to recovery and healing for people facing mental health challenges and any miscommunication to stop taking the right medication is so wrong and inhumane. Nobody has the right to deny one the right to medication irrespective of who they are. 
We feel so sad about the injustices that happen to people facing mental health challenges by their community and family members that are supposed to support them through recovery. We will not judge anyone for their actions but still can’t stay silent about it. The greatest factor behind these injustices is the ignorance of the communities about mental health challenges. So there is a need to increase awareness programs within communities to train them on how to handle and care for people facing mental health challenges.

#musicheals #musicistherapy #MendTheBrokenHeart #MusicSessions4MentalHealth

The 9th Music Session!

The 9th music session at the mental health unit of Gulu Regional Referral hospital on 2nd June 2019:

We had a total of 15 people who attended. 47% were patients and 53% were male. 
Of the patients, 29% were male and 71% female. 
Of the caretakers, 63% were female and 37% were male.

We thank each and everyone who has been part of making these sessions a success.

Imagine a vehicle that is used constantly without rest or service. No matter how careful it is driven it will break down. Just like the car, our body needs continuous rest from the stress and worries of this world to rejuvenate. That one moment when you stop over worrying about how difficult life is,your brain will come have ample time to work out a solution.

We encourage rest and practice of activities that bring you joy, hope, determination and peace.

Sing to yourself as you work or move and you will be surprised at how you won’t be so worried about time and energy. Your activity will be done before you realize.

PC:@joanitaayenyo

#musicheals #musictherapy #MentalHealthAwareness#MusicSessions4MentalHealth #NurturingLoveintgeHeartofHumanity#AHealthyCommunityUnitedByLove #MendTheBrokenHeart#togetherwearestronger #lifeislimitless
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#Ahealthycommunityunitedbylove

On Sunday, 11 August 2019 we had the 10th music session at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital

We had a total of 7 patients of which 4were female and 3 were male. Thanks to Akot Irene and Otim Samuel for volunteering to support

One of the main problems faced by people battling mental health conditions is loss of land and property to community members who think they deserve the property now that the owner has a mental health condition and can’t fight for him/herself.

Another problem is the caretakers who don’t offer enough support for people facing mental health conditions. Many of them leave off to drink and do other businesses for almost the whole day and only come back to the people they are taking care of when they have to sleep. There’s little or no monitoring whether medication is taken in time or in the right amount

There is also little or no ability to sustain basic needs because of the mental health conditions, making it had get what to eat, bathe and drink. And many are victims of sexual violence among many other crimes. Also it makes it even more difficult to find who to genuinely love and support you

Nobody is immune to mental health conditions. Stand with us as we advocate and support people facing mental health conditions.

Photo credits: @Akot Irene Rina @ Gulu Regional Referral Hospital

The 11th music session
#musicheals #musictherapy #mentalhealthawareness #musicformentalhealthhealing #ahealthycommunityunitedbylove


Support this project through this link:
gofundme.com/music-sessions-for-mental-health

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