AMANI: StrongMinds’ New Mental Health Chatbot

StrongMinds is pleased to launch a new virtual mental health resource:  Amani is a WhatsApp chatbot that aims to serve tens of thousands of individuals in Uganda and Zambia struggling with mental health issues under COVID-19.

Amani helps users:

  • Explore difficult feelings and learn simple coping strategies.
  • Learn facts about depression, and its causes and symptoms.
  • Get screened for depression.

Individuals who complete initial screening on the chatbot can request a call-back for a more in-depth assessment. Those who exhibit signs of depression will be invited to join StrongMinds’ phone-based group teletherapy, which is adapted from our in-person group therapy model.

With these remote resources in place, we are serving as many people as possible during this time of great need.

If you are in Uganda, launch the app on your desktop by clicking here.

If you are in Zambia, launch the app on your desktop by clicking here.

Mobile users can scan the QR codes or text “hello” to the WhatsApp numbers below.


1Originally published StrongMinds: Source