11 Questions with Mental Health Activist and Hidden Stigma Host, Migisha Elizabeth

“As youth we need to be real with ourselves, and that’s starts by finding out our true identity and self, don’t let popular culture define you!”

1. Tell us more about yourself.

My name is Migisha Elizabeth, but most people know me as Liz, I’m 23 years old and a Ugandan by nationality. I am the presenter of Hiden Stigma, a Ugandan based mental health show that is shown on DTN Uganda, a YouTube channel.

I am a social worker by profession and I’m also a counselor, public speaker and growing in mentorship and coaching.

2. In a nutshell, what are the three words that best describe you?

Authenticity, positivity and humility.

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3. What is Hidden Stigma about?

Hidden Stigma is a mental health show that focuses on giving a voice to people to talk about the things no one wants to talk about specifically mental health(mind wellness).

It’s a show under Dino Television Network(DTN Uganda) which is a YouTube channel.

4. What was the journey like to get Hidden Stigma to where it is currently?

The journey I must say was a blessing in disguise as I didn’t see it coming at all. It all started with choosing to speak up about mental health or mind wellness because it was something I struggled to figure out personally. 

Slowly, doors kept opening up for me to talk in interviews, school visits till my current producer Mayanja Bel Musa saw what I was doing and called me up to be the host of a show that could make a difference. He believed in my potential and left the show concept open for me to suggest and I chose a mind wellness show. He agreed and that was the birth and beginning of Hidden Stigma.

5. What is the most important thing you want to share through Hidden Stigma?

I really want share the truth about mental health. African nations and communities continue to stigmatize things to do with mental health and mind wellness. There is a lot that people go through quietly because they fear societal judgment but deep inside people are dying in silence.

The second thing is discussing the facts and finding away forward, deep inside we (members of society) know the issues but we are not addressing the causes and permanent solutions.

Lastly i want to  break the chain of silence and not facing our emotions and issues, we deserve better!

Migisha Elizabeth aka Liz, the Hidden Stigma Host fighting for mental health in Uganda
Migisha Elizabeth aka Liz, the Hidden Stigma Host.

6. Any memorable people you have interviewed?

I would say Nabasa Benitah, who went on to found a growing Non Governmental Organization called HEAL. She always appreciates the creation of a platform like Hidden Stigma because it gave her a voice to talk about what she is fighting for (mental health).

7. How can the youth help one another in this era of fragile mental health and anxiety?

As youth we need to be real with ourselves, and that’s starts by finding out our true identity and self, don’t let popular culture define you!

Let’s genuinely be there for each other(friends, family and peers). Not pretentious but real togetherness because there’s alot we dont talk about that is vital to know and share!

8. What do you consider your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is bringing to life the world i picture, a world with people who are truly happy. It hurts that our generation has alot of people with depth but have given up because none or very few have guided them or living on the right path.

Generally the youth inspire my work because I’m one and i understand the pain and hustle we go through that we barely talk about.

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9. Any book recommendations for the lockdown?

‘The power of the Subconscious Mind’

‘Think and Grow Rich’

‘The road to character’

10. How’d you like to be remembered?

I want to be remembered as one of the people from Africa who inspired and challenged people to be who they truly are and practically live up to it and pass it on to the people around them.

11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I see my self as an amazing life coach, mentor, counselor, self authenticity influencer. I believe I will make a difference.

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