Jamie’s Fund works with mental health practitioners and their hospitals in Uganda to improve access to, and quality of, care available to people with a mental illness or epilepsy.

Many people in rural Uganda are unable to access mental health care. They may be shackled or locked up as relatives don’t know what else to do. Jamie’s Fund enables hospitals to provide mental health care in the community by funding training and staff development.

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Jamie’s Fund works to improve the availability and quality of care for people with severe mental illness.

The charity was established in memory of Jamie Devaney who died during a visit to Uganda, aged just four. Jamie’s parents, Jim and Avril – a senior mental health nurse – set up the mental health charity in their son’s name in 2013. His story is here.

We work with small hospitals in Uganda, training nurses to deliver mental healthcare and supporting them to take services out into rural communities.

We have expanded our work from an initial base of three hospitals in the rural south west of Uganda, to 27 hospitals across the whole country. And we’re seeing life-changing outcomes. Many patients are now treated in their own community, without the need for repeated lengthy and costly journeys to hospital out-patient clinics.

But we have so much more to do – and we need your help. It’s estimated that almost 90% of those with a mental illness in Uganda struggle to access effective treatment. And untold numbers of mentally ill people remain chained or locked up at home, because specialist care and treatment is hard to find.

We can change this – with your support. Could you make a regular donation, or a bequest in your will, to transform the despair of someone living with mental illness? Could your business or organisation help to sponsor a part of our life-changing work? Click here for more information and to donate to Jamie’s Fund.