Working in partnership to share knowledge and best practice is something that’s really important to us.

Since 2012 we’ve been part of the Gulu-Sheffield Mental Health Partnership which aims to improve the mental health support available in Uganda.

A bit of background

Uganda, in particular the northern region of Gulu, was the centre of a civil war which began in the early 1980’s and raged for more than 20 years.

During this time communities suffered the effects of a devastating terror campaign which the region is still struggling to recover from. The population has high levels of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic disorders and a rising number of suicides.

The country has an estimated population of 37 million people, yet there are less than 40 psychiatrists working in Uganda.

What we’ve done so far

It was clear to us that by sharing our expertise in mental health we could help make a real difference to hundreds, if not thousands of people in Uganda who desperately need support with their mental health.

Over the past seven years we have done a series of exchange visits with professionals working In Uganda.

Our priority has been to help improve the safety of mental health services and so far we’ve helped colleagues in Gulu introduce new practices into their work, including handovers between shifts, recording patient details and monitoring physical health.

We’ve helped to embed our award winning RESPECT programme in Gulu services which teaches de-escalation techniques rather than using physical restraint.

The Trust has also welcomed a number of mental health professionals from Gulu to Sheffield to spend time at our services as part of the Commonwealth Fellowship Programme.

Get involved in fundraising

The partnership draws no central funding from the NHS, and instead relies on money generously donated through fundraising – and that’s where we need your help.

So far, our fundraising efforts have helped improve facilities in the local Gulu community centre and contributed to building a new ward to provide specialist care for children in a safe and comfortable environment.

We’ve done everything from the London Marathon and Three Peaks Challenge to skydiving to fundraise for the charity, so if you’ve got an idea that you think will help us raise funds we’d love to hear from you.

Donate

If you would like to make a donation to the project all you need to do is head over to our Virgin Money Giving page by clicking here.

It doesn’t matter how much or little you can give, every penny will help make a real difference.

Gulu shop

Every time we visit Uganda we’re blown away by the amazing crafts that the locals produce.

We’ve brought back a range of items that are available to purchase from our shop based in Sheffield which you can take a look at by clicking here.

All of the funds raised from purchasing these items goes to the partnership, so please do give generously.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about the Gulu-Sheffield Mental Health Partnership or would like to get involved in the work we do just drop us an email at gulu@shsc.nhs.uk

You can keep up to date with all our latest news by visiting the Sheffield Health International Partnerships Facebook group by clicking here.

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