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Heartsounds is an innovative initiative bringing together UK and Ugandan Mental Health champions to work together and learn from each others experience.

Read more about Heartsounds, about the Butabika Link and the
Tropical Health and Education Trust


Request for books

This is a general request for books related to involving users of services, basic counselling and mental health. Joseph Atukunda, service user leader in Kampala, has started up an internet cafe that is free for service users. He wants to have some books available about mental health for visitors to us.
If you get them to Cerdic at 22 Commercial Street, E1 6LP, London, UK he will get them to Uganda
He is also looking for sponsorship of equivalent to £20 a week for the internet subscription for the cafe. You can choose to sponsor the cafe directly through the butabika link by contacting cerdic.hall@eastlondon.nhs.uk

Master Foods Catering & Barbeque Services

P.O.Box 30221 Kampala
Ave Maria Rd Nsambya
Fax: +256 414 231225
Tel: +256 414 269438 / +256 782 783318

WE OFFER SUPERB CATERING AND BARBECUE SERVICES and provide employment opportunities to users.




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See you in Nsambya - At the Heartsounds cafe.....books to borrow!

Come and support the fabulous Heartsounds internet cafe in Kampala. Come and surf the net (free if you are a user of mental health services), offer equipment or cash or expertise, or borrow the books that have been donated by others.

DIRECTIONS:- Those coming by taxi should board Nsambya Ave Maria Taxis in the old taxi park and get out on the sign post of Rock foundation school and Life resurrection Centre on Ave Maria Rd about 200m after branching off from the main tarmac road. Then they come to AJK Internet cafe where the centre is found.

Telephone: Fixed line +256 414 269438

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There comes a time in the evolution of every soul when the chief concern is no longer the survival of the physical body, but the growth of the spirit; no longer the attainment of worldly success, but the realization of Self. In a sense, this is a very dangerous time, particularly at the outset, because the entity housed in the body now knows it is just that: a being in a body---not a body-being. At this stage, before the growing entity matures in this point of view,, there is often a sense of…See More
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mental illness is not a disease. it is just a condition i.e it means the person affected is not managing stress well. also it has something to do with spirituality. in order to avoid relapse one has to adhere to medication and be prayerful. the moment you keep on relapsing friend will go away and even people will not trust you.coordinator heartsounds mbarara.See More
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Blog Posts

Gaza Day of Hope

Posted by Cerdic on October 26, 2013 at 20:30 0 Comments

Gaza: Day ?. I seem to be losing track of the days! It could be the stomach bug (I don't think I will ever go back to tabouleh). A bit fragile but managed to meet up with five peer workers and 7 of the IMC local team. Everyone worked hard trying to dream the future into reality. The staff worked on identifying the challenges of the project and how to make the next steps effective and fitting. The peer leaders, much like my Heartsounds Uganda colleagues have done in Uganda, have started peer…


Peer to peer support in Gaza

Posted by Cerdic on May 24, 2013 at 13:33 2 Comments

Hello from Gaza, a city that has experienced much pain yet beats with a strong heart.  I'm here with International Medical Corps (IMC) helping to train a group of service users in the direction of a peer to peer programme.  There is already so much peer to peer happening, so much of my role is to foster confidence and a belief that peer support can be a reality.  With my experiences with Heartsounds, I believe in the possibility and importance of mental health peer support so trying to…


Joseph Atukunda goes to the UK

Posted by Cerdic on June 19, 2012 at 21:00 48 Comments

Congratulations Joseph Atukunda on a successful Commonwealth Professional Fellowship application. …




The Main Man - an interview


My Interview


Global Mental Health Inside Stories: Joseph Atukunda, Kampala, Uganda


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Thanks for the inspiration Heartsounds Uganda

My work with you was awarded a national nursing prize last week!


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Stopping violence at Butabika

The Butabika Link (which links East London and Ugandan MH services) has recently received funding for a project designed to reduce aggression against patients and staff at Butabika Hospital in Uganda. Read the attachment for more information
To find out more or get involved in Butabika Link work, write to butabika.link@eastlondon.nhs.uk

Loretta Wilson (Volunteer Journalist and survivorINTERVIEW WITH MATTHEW WHITAKKER - final.doc)

Peer Support Workers

Formalising Peer support approaches to promote recovery (Simon Bradstreet Mental Health Review 2006).pdfThe untapped resource in many health systems is the user themselves. Peer Support Workers are people who have experienced/survived mental health services before and are now providing emotional and practical support to those currently using services. This kind of role may have great potential to respond to stigma and lack of opportunity whilst tackling the lack of available health workers. Here is some reading material aboutDeveloping Peer Specialist Roles Literature Review.pdf

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