In addition to the about us, over years of SEEK GSP being a research-based project, it was able to conduct different clinical trials and studies to prove the effectiveness, feasibility, fidelity, validity, and reliability of the Group Support Psychotherapy concept among the young and grown-up people living with HIV in three Northern Districts of Uganda (Gulu, Pader, and Kitgum). Due to the different intense studies conducted by SEEK GSP, there came various suggestions from its funders and well-wishers to have the GSP concept integrated/ scaled up within the different regions of Uganda so as to work as a first-line treatment for depression among people living with HIV and other depressed persons.
The National scale-up of GSP in Uganda began in 2021 when UNAIDS offered to fund SEEK GSP in its implementation of activities aimed at the dissemination of integrated lay healthcare providers of GSP mental health services in Uganda by 2022. This initiative was then kept in play due to the recognition of GSP by World Health Organisation (WHO) as one of the top three African interventions to show success in the treatment of Depression among depressed people. With this recognition, came a grant offer from WHO to SEEK GSP that was intended to have GSP scaled up to the rest of the Ugandan regions, however, it has never been received but is still in play.
In the year 2022, SEEK GSP has partnered with various organizations as listed below to have GSP scaled up in the different districts of Uganda under the NCDC initiative aimed at having Mental Health awareness and treatment considered during the treatment of HIV among people living with HIV in Uganda. In this scale-up of GSP to the entire regions of Uganda, we partnered with;
Prof. Etheldreda Nakimuli-Mpungu Research. Associate Prof. in Department of Psychiatry at the Makerere University Uganda
Mr .Celestine Daltone Kasagga. Is a Trainer SEEK-GSP Uganda, a program Coordinator, agribusiness and Basic Livelihood
Mrs .Jane Iya, She is a trainer SEEK-GSP Uganda, a Clinical and Counseling Psychologist, Community advisory board member
Mrs. Nakanyike Caroline Gorret, She is a trainer SEEK-GSP Uganda, part time psychological Counseling & SRHR trainer Rahab Uganda
Tele-Support Psychotherapy (TSP) is a new SEEK GSP innovation that being evaluated among the youth in Kampala District. In this program, we deliver first line psychological treatments remotely, using mobile technology such as phone, video, emails, or messages.
With support from USAID (DIV), the original GSP training manual and counseling guide were subjected to various changes in order to adapt it for online use with youth during the Covid-19 pandemic. To this end, the following changes were made: (1) Training in group dynamics has been eliminated from this manual. (2) A training module on confidentiality when conducting online psychotherapy sessions has been introduced in this manual. (3) A training module on mental health, stress, and well-being has been introduced in this manual to demonstrate how normal mental health shifts to abnormal. (4) While the entry point to therapy is having significant depression symptoms, TSP trainees not only receive training in depression but also in other common emotional problems like excessive anxiety, fear, anger, and hazardous alcohol use. These problems are often co-morbid with depression and have been documented in the Covid-19 pandemic. (5) A training module on domestic violence has been introduced in this manual given the increase in domestic violence cases during the Covid-19 pandemic.