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  • Letter to a Mental Health Advocate

    Letter to a Mental Health Advocate

    Photo credit: Real Health Blog Dear Desire, Your desire is to positively influence the Uganda law on mental health, so that no one goes through a “mental health rehab from hell” as you did. You wrote: “I want to use my story and my grievances to change the law on mental health, cause the law […]

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  • Mental Health Rehab from Hell – ePDF

    Mental Health Rehab from Hell – ePDF

    This is the testimony of Desire Lavigne Karakire, which, in her own words, she shared because: “I want to use my story and my grievances to change the law on mental health, cause the law to change, or to create the law if currently a vacuum is what has allowed for impunity like this to […]

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  • Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part V

    Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part V

    Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire’s testimony, shared on her Facebook wall on 11th July 2020 After my Counsellor Martin Githaiga sexually violated me, physically assaulted me, and intimidated me to not pursue the charges described in the previous parts of my testimony by ransoming my journalistic notes, he was neither fired nor suspended. Between the time […]

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  • Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part IV

    Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part IV

    Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire’s testimony, shared on her Facebook wall on 11th July 2020 We remained locked up for extended periods against our will, up to five or six months for some patients. If one acted out or became too vocal about their rights and the rights of others, they were threatened with extended stays […]

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  • Mental Health Rehab From Hell – PART III

    Mental Health Rehab From Hell – PART III

    Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire’s testimony, shared on her Facebook wall on 11th July 2020 A part-time Psychiatrist visited African Retreat Centre (ARC) once a week on Wednesdays from Butabika Hospital, stayed for two hours from three o’clock to five o’clock, spending only about ten minutes on each patient, leaving many unseen for several weeks. She […]

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  • Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part II

    Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part II

    Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire’s testimony, shared on her Facebook wall on 11th July 2020 I wasn’t given medical attention then (while incarcerated at the Africa Retreat Center (ARC), I attempted suicide and swallowed glass), and three weeks later when I began to bleed from the rectum with every bowel movement, I wasn’t allowed to see […]

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  • Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part I

    Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part I

    Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire’s testimony, shared on her facebook wall on 11th July 2020 We pulled up into the gate and my sister’s kids came running behind the car to meet us. I pushed open the passenger door. The little one jumped into my lap. I held her head into my chest affectionately, unable to […]

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