Sitawa Wafula

Job role: 
Mental Health Advocate
Member type: 
Service User Representative/Advocate
Brief Biography: 

I am a Mental Health Consultant with over 8 years experience in self, national and international mental health advocacy. I am best known for running a Google Award winning blog - that provided people in Africa with mental health info & support, setting up Kenya's first free mental health support line and using my personal experience to bring mental health conversations to the forefront in Africa.

My work has been featured in both national - Kenyan - and international media outlets including BBC, PRI, Guardian Nigeria & NPR and my opinion pieces on matters mental health have been published widely with a piece on the need to include mental health in the Africa Rising narrative syndicated by 4 Kenyan newspapers. I have been listed among Women leading Africa, Top 50 most impactful global social innovators, Top 42 African Innovators to watch, Top 40 under 40 women, Kenya and as a Non Communicable Disease Champion.

I am also a TED Speaker, an Aspen New Voices Fellow and an alumni of Amani Institute where I got my Post Graduate Certification in Social Innovation Management.

I currently run The Sitawa Wafula Mental Health Academy where I develop the next generation of mental health champions in Africa and host My Mind My Funk; a weekly podcast that demystifies mental health in Africa by hosting Africans from all walks of life to share their mental health journeys, challenges and self care tips.

Approach: 
Policy and legislation
Empowerment and service user involvement
Advocacy
Technology
Prevention and promotion
Training, education and capacity building
Regions of interest: 
Africa
Setting: 
Community
Workplace
School
Primary care
Population: 
Adults
Families and carers
Minority populations
Non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes, stroke)
Disorders of interest: 
Epilepsy/seizures
Psychosis/bipolar disorder
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Self-harm/suicide
Country: 
Kenya

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