This year's Annual Counsellor's Conference is organised by the Uganda Counsellor's Association in conjunction with the Refugee Law Project under the them “Attaining a Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body amidst Covid19: Focus on Forced Migration, Mental Health and Gender”
COVID19 and the consequent standard operating procedures adopted by the government of Uganda and other countries continue to affect people’s psychosocial wellbeing across the globe. Notwithstanding the already fragile mental and psychosocial situation of forced migrants, the COVID19 crisis continues to pose serious humanitarian and development challenges not only to forced migrants but also their hosts. The social and economic conditions of many forced migrants continue to worsen amidst declining economic activities as a result of lockdown and extended social distance measures, as well as the perpetual fear of contracting the virus. All this is affecting the mental and psychosocial wellbeing of forced migrants, the majority of whom are already grappling with conflict-related trauma.
Absence of physical pain or illness and feeding on a good diet does not mean that a healthy mind or body has been achieved. Equally, mental and emotional health is more than being free of depression, anxiety and other psychological issues that when not handled tend to lead to mental illness and disorders. Forced migrants; men, women, children, the youth and the older persons experienced and continue to experience physical, social and economic difficulties that compromise their wellbeing.