Uganda Counselling Association 15th Annual Conference, 2019

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Uganda Counselling Association invites you and your organization to attend the 15thAnnual Counsellors conference. This year conference will be held from27th-29th March 2019 at Silver Springs Hotel, Bugolobi.
The theme of the conference is “Counselling for Mental Health.”
As Uganda seeks to attain The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this year’s conference seeks to contribute to the pursuit of these goals, especially Goal 3, which aims at ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. We are convinced that counselling is one of the primary tools for promoting healthy living and attaining well-being while addressing the issue of Mental Health for all people in this country.

Conference participants will strive to define the role of counselling while handling Mental Health especially addressing psychological and social challenges that come with Mental Health.

The conference fee is two hundred and fifty thousand shillings (250,000/=) per person. Please endeavor to pay before 10th March 2019 to ease our planning process. Payment can be made at UCA offices located at UHMG Building, Martyrs’ Crescent Road, Ntinda, to the bank account number 0102012882200 Standard Chartered Bank Speke Road branch (you can still use any branch near you) and mobile money on 0751263433 (Uganda Counselling Association).

We look forward to your presence at this conference

CONFERENCE BRIEF

CONFERENCE THEME:  COUNSELLING FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Conference Theme:   Counselling For Mental Health

 INTRODUCTION

In this ever-growing capitalist and technologically developing global village in which Uganda is a segment, there inevitably growing and emerging socio-economic problems and challenges that disorganize to varying degrees/levels the mental health of many individuals in the community and society at large and negatively impact their ability to make good choices.

According to WHO, ’Mental Health is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his/her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. In other words, Mental Health is our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental Health is important at every stage of life from childhood and adolescent through to adulthood. And important to note is that we all have a potential to develop mental health problems no matter how old we are, male or female, rich or poor or which ethnic group we belong to. There are a variety of contributing factors to the onset of mental health issues in an individual which include; physical, social, environmental and psychological causes. Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign for a mental health problem:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little.
  • Pulling away from people and usual activities.
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling number or like nothing matters
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling Helpless and Hopeless Smoking, drinking or using drugs more than usual
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried or scared.
  • Yelling or fighting with friends and family
  • Experiencing mood swings that cause problems in relationships.
  • Having persistent thoughts and memories you cannot get out of your head
  • Hearing voices and believing things that are not true.
  • Thinking of Harming oneself
  • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school.

And these conditions and many others if not identified and attended to in time with counselling could lead to more serious mental conditions that may call for Clinical psychologist intervention if not psychiatric treatment. It is also important to note that people with Mental Health problems can get better and even recover completely.

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