After the success of the 2019 program, Ice-Breakers Uganda continued the group therapy session for the Covid19 pandemic. Therapy groups were run in the following districts: Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono, Jinja, Mbale, Hoima, Mbarara, Bushenyi and Ishaka district.
Interventions were created through online and offline with individuals. Seven (7) peer support WhatsApp groups were created and each group contained not more than 15 LGBT individuals.
Within each district, there were 5 therapy groups of not more than 10 members.
267 LGBT members reached out on the toll free line
From March 2020, 1919 clients have sought for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) from Ice-Breakers Uganda.
On assessment, common symptoms presented were indicative of depression (768), stress related problems (449), anxiety (637), alcoholism (65).
Out of the 768 clients who presented with symptoms of depression, 48 suicide attempts and there were supported with MHPSS services hence stopping them from completing the mission.
Among the 1919 LGBT members reached with MHPSS services; 106 were lesbian, 1,362 were gay, 115 were bisexual (97 bisexual men, 18 bisexual women), 336 were transgender people (21 men and 315 women)
Report Presented by Elvis Ayesiga,