Atukunda Joseph

Patient Leader

Am the Coordinator and Founder of Heartsounds Uganda. Heartsounds Uganda is a community based organization dully registered with Kampala City Council Authority. Its an organization of mental health service uses for the users and by the users. Our core activity is peer support which is a much need psychosocial support for mental health recovery. We carried out a program in partnership with our national referral hospital, Butabika hospital where the hospital referred to us newly discharged mental patients and we offered them peer support during the sensitive time when they have just returned to the community. The program is called Brain Gain and was funded by DFID through THET and the Butabika Link. We have another program funded by DRF to train our members in the CRPD and Advocacy, another funded by OSIEA to form community peer support groups in the suburbs of Kampala another program called Beautiful Minds funded by Storm Fund for creative Arts for recovery. I have strongly advocated wherever I can that mental Health service users are experts by experience in mental health and can support each other as well as advise the service providers on developing better practices. I got a Commonwealth professional fellowship and spent three months in the UK Sept. to Dec 2012 to observe good practices, peer support and other recovery led services in the UK as well as share the Ugandan perspective. I have just been back to the UK, 1st to 16th Nov. 2013 to attend a Clinical psychologists' trainers conference organized by Lancaster university and we are planning with Lancaster university to introduce a program in our Makerere university to have mental health service users go to the lecture rooms of the clinical psychologist trainees and share their stories and perspective to make the training sessions better and more practical as its done in Lancaster University. We now have a membership of 150 service users around Kampala and Heartsounds Uganda is run and managed by service users in recovery

Location

Mbarara, W

Nominations

Patient Leader Hero Advocating for Another

A really active and passionate activist in mental health care in his country.

Past Awards Participation

Third Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

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Atukunda Joseph

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