Samuel Okalebo from Serere district, a graduate in flight operations, says the training is a huge relief to his life after failing to get an internship from the local aviation companies. ‘‘l have gone through many challenges that I think need someone who is resilient and now that I have got the psychosocial support in this training I feel relieved from all that,” said Okalebo .
More than 50
students from different schools across the country have received training in
mental health and psychosocial support to help people within their communities.
The students have been equipped with skills to help them identify and listen to
people with mental health and psychosocial challenges resulting from the
A number of
people are going through challenges that can cause depression, anxiety and
stress among others because of the COVID 19 impact on their lives. The training
was organised by Brac Uganda in collaboration TPO Uganda, a civil society
organisation that it empowers communities in mental health.
Okalebo from Serere district, a graduate in flight operations, says the
training is a huge relief to his life after failing to get an internship from
the local aviation companies. ‘‘l have gone through many challenges that I
think need someone who is resilient and now that I have got the psychosocial
support in this training I feel relieved from all that,” said Okalebo.
Adding that “since 2018 I have been
approaching local companies for internship placement but all has been in vain. The
information about coping in life has been really helpful’’. He says that there are several students in
communities going through the same experience but they have no one to support
that he is going to ensure that he will use the training to help his peers to
recover from their current challenges and build resilience to be able to move
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Grace Aguti from Palisa district who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in
Agricultural engineering, says her focus will be on the farming community who
she thinks were affected much during the lockdown.
‘’In Palisa farmers grow rice, cotton, sorghum, maize and cassava but during
the lockdown, they were forced to sell off their commodities at a loss due to
different challenges that came along with the prolonged lockdown’’Aguti said. She
says that they had succeeded in persuading youths in her community to embrace
farming. She, however, says that many of them suffered a setback because of the
Bridget Wazaba from Mbale district says that many girls in her community were
impregnated and married off without their consent during the lockdown. She says
that the training in handy to support them to cope with their new life. Stephen
Buluba from Kamuli says that he will use the training to support families with COVID-19
victims because some of them still find it hard to associate with them.
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Francis Wangi, the Career Guidance specialist at Brac Uganda, says that the
beneficiaries of the training are from poor and vulnerable communities. He says
that they want to ensure that they use the students to help their communities
to recover from the impact of COVID-19 and other social, economic and political
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Wangi says that so many people are suffering silently in their communities because
of the lockdown and they need someone to identify them and provide the necessary
support for their recovery.
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Grace Obalini, a Mental health and Psychosocial support specialist says that
the trainees needed the basic skills on mental health so as to help them
understand the environment around them in order to support others. She says that there is a lot of stress,
anxiety, depression and anger among the communities due to the many things that
have happened in the country.