ACCESS TO HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Our Major Interventions
Strengthening Social Support Networks and self-esteem development.
This is a person’s confidence in their worth or abilities. Another important component of well-being, our research suggests that physical activity can boost self-esteem by giving participants the sense that they had achieved something through participation. Improving skills can give participants a sense of mastery, and improved perceptions of their competence, physical skills, and body image. Interaction with peer networks through play is one of the approaches APPCO employs in promoting mental fitness among young people.
The play has been an instrumental approach in empowering young people in their communities to use sports and physical activities like dramas, music, dances, and debate to challenge the stigma associated with mental health in northern Uganda.
There is a recognition that sport is likely to be highly acceptable, non-stigmatizing, and the route to improved mental health. therefore, at APPCO we consider the role of sport in improving well-being where stigma is present. This is because while in some contexts a medical diagnostic label can be valuable to someone, for example in helping someone to find a community with shared experiences, in places where there is still a high stigma around mental health problems this is much less likely to be true.
Strengthening community sports structures for improved mental health;
this is a three-year project geared toward Action for mental Health and Recovery: Working with the Northern Uganda psychiatric unit in the regional referral hospital in Gulu to establish a mental health recovery community-based outreach model. We have trained 55 health workers on psychiatric clinic support in 12 health centres and identified and trained 120 community support structures to monitor mental health drug adherence and counselling.