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MENTAL ILLNESS MORE COMMEN THEN WE THINK

Mental Illness Is Far More Common Than We ThinkBy Beatrice Nakibuuka
Mildred Nangobi, a fourth-year student at Mulago Paramedical School is studying neurology. In 2014, she suffered from severe depression while she was about to sit her UACE exams and was admitted to Butabika National Referral Mental Hospital.“The depression was triggered by the death of my parents. I reached a point that I could not talk although I would understand everything. I would clearly hear people speak to me but would find it hard to respond,” she says. Three weeks after being admitted to hospital, a group of people from Strides of Hope, a non-governmental organization, visited her.“I would communicate by writing in a notebook. They prayed with me and after counseling, I felt much better. I had longed to hear words of hope and encouragement from someone,” she says. After a few sessions, Nangobi says she started murmuring a few words.“Everyone at the ward was happy that I was responding well to treatment. Afte…