StrongMinds is a social enterprise founded in early 2013 that provides life-changing mental health services to impoverished African women. They empower impoverished women by treating depression at scale and enable them and their families to lead healthy, productive lives. They use group therapy sessions to bring these women together to talk to each other and help work together in their path to recovery. A facilitator leads the formal session for 12 weeks, broken down into three phases. However, after the formal sessions end, roughly 75% of the women continue to meet and support each other.
So far, StrongMinds has helped thousands of women in Uganda, and they hope to soon expand to surrounding countries. As a result of their program, unemployment in this group decreased by 67% and self-employment increased by 22%.
Mission Statement: StrongMinds aims to improve the mental health of women in Africa.
Generational Grant. The third generation of the Skees Family Foundation chose to support StrongMinds for many reasons. First and foremost, we understand the toll depression can take and the ugly repercussions from it remaining untreated. We also think the work they are doing is successful and scalable. Finally, the economic opportunities that result from their program are undeniable. We look forward to our partnership with StrongMinds and we are excited to see where they will go next.