+ What are common mental disorders?

Common mental disorders are depressive and anxiety disorders and are the leading neuropsychiatric cause of the global burden of disease.

+ What is task sharing?

Use whoever is available in the community. Train them to provide a range of healthcare interventions while repurposing specialists to engage in capacity building and quality assurance.

+ What is a Stepped Care Model?

Stepped care treatment is a range of simple to complex treatments based on the severity of the illness of the patient. We will use the first step for everyone -- a relatively simple and risk-free treatment known as psychoeducation, which involves explaining the nature of his or her illness to the person. However, not everyone will get better from this treatment. Others need more intensive treatments, such as antidepressants and psychological treatments, which would form the second and third steps.

+What is collaborative care?

A simple message meaning to work as a team. In our context, the primary care phsysician, lay health counsellor, and clinical specialist will work together to ensure that the quality of the intervention is adequate.

+ Why Uganda?

Uganda has a population of 35 million people while there are only 30 psychiatrists. One of the main forms of therapy of the intervention (Interpersonal Psychotherapy) has documented feasability and effectiveness in Uganda. Moreover, our CEO has traveled to Uganda several times in years past and is excited to capitalize on the existing community.

+ What is Exposure & Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)?

According to the International OCD Foundation, "the Exposure in ERP refers to exposing yourself to the thoughts, images, objects and situations that make you anxious and/or start your obsessions. While the Response Prevention part of ERP, refers to making a choice not to do a compulsive behavior once the anxiety or obsessions have been "triggered."

+ What is Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)?

According to the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, "ACT is a unique empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility."

+ How can I help?

There are 2 main ways that you can help (though we are all ears for other help, too). 1) Offer your hard-earned time to volunteer and support our efforts. Although we are unable to offer compensation at this point, we promise to foster a space of growth and belonging. Please reach out to pavel@mindfullwe.org if you are interested in getting more involved. 2) Contribute your hard-earned dollars. As we begin the process to become a US-based 501c3 non-profit, every little bit helps in delivering on our mission.

+ What do you mean by 'fiscal sponsorship'?

Fiscal sponsorship is a formal arrangement in which a 501(c)3 public charity sponsors a project that may lack exempt status. This alternative allows the project to seek grants and solicit tax-deductible donations under the sponsor's exempt status.

+ What is the Global Livingston Institute?

The mission of the Global Livingston Institute (GLI) is to educate students and community leaders on innovative approaches to international development and empower awareness, collaboration, conversations and personal growth via a series of immersion experiences focused on education and job creation.

+ When will you become a 501(C)3 non-profit organization?

We shout our thanks to GLI in acting as our fiscal sponsor and subsequently allowing us to settle in and focus on our systems and processes. If you would like to help us with the paperwork, please reach out to pavel@mindfullwe.org.