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Playing to Live (PTL) is building a recognition for need and concept for an innovative mental health program for adolescent girls in Ugandan refugee settlements by gathering current data, running focus groups, and key stakeholder interviews.

What is the humanitarian need?

The experience of psychological trauma can greatly impact an adolescent’s life. Research shows there are significant short-term and long-term effects of experiencing trauma. These effects have been found to be heightened in humanitarian settings. Successful solutions for mental health support of adolescent girls have been found to be peer group support, expressive arts, self-esteem support, and vocational opportunities. This project will evaluate the cultural considerations, resources, needs, and opportunities for an innovative psychosocial approach in refugee settlements in Uganda for adolescent girls.

What is the innovative solution?

Research shows that therapeutic expressive arts, peer support, and cognitive behavioural therapy have significant effects on trauma symptoms for adolescents. While these solutions have been found to be successful, mental health clinicians are scarce in humanitarian settings and mental health services often carry stigma. This project will utilize current data from the refugee settlements, a review of best practices, and the guidance of the refugee community in Uganda to build a concept for a community based mental health program.

What are the expected outcomes?

A literature review that highlights best practice in mental health programming for refugee and emergency settings. An in depth needs and resource assessment specific to community based mental health programming in Uganda’s refugee settlements. Completion of an action plan and results summary report in collaboration with key stakeholders.

Latest Updates

Getting Started: Our trip to Uganda

28 Mar 2017

Playing to Live is building a recognition for need, highlighting resources, and building the foundation for a concept for an innovative mental health program for adolescent girls in Ugandan refugee settlements by gathering current data and literature, running focus groups, and key stakeholder interviews


Playing to Live Hits the Ground Running in Uganda

13 Jun 2017

Playing to Live have been in the field and in the USA gathering data for their refugee psychosocial health project.


Continuing to Build our Needs and Resource Assessment

12 Oct 2017

Playing to Live give us an overview of the needs assessment and literature review they have been carrying out, looking at mental health resources and gaps for children and adolescents in Ugandan refugee settlements.


111 Pages Later and We Did It!

18 Jan 2018

As their ESI project comes to an end, Playing to Live return to Uganda to share their findings on mental health and pyschosocial support


Related Resources

Report Refugees and IDPs

Final Report: Recognition Of The Need Of Innovative Psychosocial Programming In Collaboration With Vocational Training For Adolescents In Ugandan Refugee Settlements

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