A dramatic suicide attempt caught on video in Uganda’s capital has spurred a national conversation about mental illness.
In the footage, a young man jumps from the seventh floor of a downtown shopping complex as onlookers scream in horror. The man survived, but many are now calling for increased attention to the nation’s mental health care system.
At Butabika, Uganda’s only national referral mental health hospital, there are eight psychiatrists for 842 patients. Nearly always over capacity, the facility offers intensive psychiatric treatment free of charge. One former resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said the care and medication saved her life.
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