Mental health conference 2024

Dear Esteemed Members

Warm and cordial greetings from the Uganda Counselling Association!

In a world where mental health issues are increasingly recognized as pivotal to overall well-being, the 3rd National Mental Health Conference 2024 by the Uganda Counselors Association stands as a beacon of hope and collaboration. Scheduled from the 28th to the 30th of May 2024, this event promises to be a cornerstone in the ongoing efforts to bolster mental health services across Uganda. The conference, themed “Strengthening Collaboration and Partnership for Better Mental Health Services in Uganda,” will be held at the Silver Springs Hotel in Bugolobi, Kampala, running daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

Strengthening collaboration and partnership for better mental health services in Uganda.

The chosen theme for this year’s conference underscores the critical need for enhanced collaboration and partnership. In a sector as multifaceted as mental health, no single entity can claim to have all the answers. Effective mental health services require the concerted efforts of healthcare providers, counselors, policymakers, non-governmental organizations, and the community at large. By focusing on collaboration and partnership, the Uganda Counselors Association aims to foster an integrated approach that leverages the strengths and resources of various stakeholders.

The Venue: Silver Springs Hotel, Bugolobi

Silver Springs Hotel in Bugolobi, Kampala, is an ideal venue for this significant gathering. Known for its serene environment and excellent conference facilities, the hotel offers a conducive atmosphere for learning, networking, and engaging in meaningful dialogue. Participants can expect a comfortable and stimulating environment that supports both professional development and personal reflection.

Conference Highlights

The 3rd National Mental Health Conference will feature a rich program designed to address the pressing issues in Uganda’s mental health sector. Key highlights include:

1. Expert Panels and Keynote Speakers

Renowned mental health professionals, both local and international, will share their insights and experiences. These sessions are designed to provide attendees with the latest research findings, innovative approaches to treatment, and successful case studies of collaboration in mental health care.

2. Workshops and Training Sessions

Interactive workshops will offer practical skills and knowledge on various aspects of mental health care. Topics will range from counseling techniques and therapeutic interventions to the implementation of mental health programs in community settings.

3. Networking Opportunities

The conference will provide numerous opportunities for delegates to network with peers, experts, and potential partners. These interactions are crucial for building the partnerships that are essential for effective mental health service delivery.

4. Student Engagement

Recognizing the importance of involving the next generation of mental health professionals, the conference offers reduced fees for students (120,000 UGX) compared to delegates (200,000 UGX). This initiative ensures that students have access to the same wealth of knowledge and networking opportunities, fostering a pipeline of skilled professionals committed to advancing mental health care in Uganda.

Why This Conference Matters

The significance of this conference cannot be overstated. Mental health remains a critical but often neglected aspect of healthcare in Uganda. According to the World Health Organization, the prevalence of mental health disorders is on the rise globally, and Uganda is no exception. Factors such as poverty, conflict, and a lack of mental health resources exacerbate the situation. Therefore, initiatives like the National Mental Health Conference are vital for:

  • Raising Awareness: Educating the public and professionals about mental health issues and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness.
  • Policy Development: Influencing policymakers to prioritize mental health in national healthcare agendas and allocate adequate resources.
  • Capacity Building: Equipping mental health professionals with the latest knowledge and skills to improve service delivery.


The 3rd National Mental Health Conference 2024 by the Uganda Counselors Association is more than just an event; it is a pivotal moment in the journey towards better mental health services in Uganda. By emphasizing collaboration and partnership, the conference aims to create a unified front against the challenges facing mental health care. Whether you are a seasoned professional, a student, or a concerned community member, your participation in this conference is an investment in the future of mental health in Uganda.

As the dates approach, it is crucial to register early and prepare to engage fully in this transformative experience. Together, through shared knowledge and collaborative efforts, we can build a robust mental health care system that serves all Ugandans effectively. Join us at Silver Springs Hotel, Bugolobi, from May 28th to 30th, and be a part of this essential movement towards a healthier, more inclusive Uganda.

With utmost warmth and anticipation,

Winfred Kyosaba Biribonwa
Board Member, Training and Forums
Uganda Counselling Association

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