Sitawa Wafula

Sitawa Wafula is a mental health crusader who uses her journey as a rape survivor living with a dual diagnosis of epilepsy and bipolar disorder to provide people in Africa with the necessary information and support to deal with everyday life and manage mental health conditions. She is the founder and executive director of “My …

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How I am marking 14 years of strength as a rape survivor

Fourteen years ago, on 15th June in 2003, I was sexually assaulted by someone I knew. Afterward, I did not know what to do and what not to do nor who to talk to about it. Back then, information was not as readily available as it is now thanks to the Internet. The common narratives …

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Why I speak up about having epilepsy

Once homebound by epilepsy, mental health advocate Sitawa Wafula found her strength in writing about it. Now, she advocates for others who are yet to find their voices, cutting through stigma and exclusion to talk about what it's like to live with the condition. Watch full video >

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Predicting The Future For Africans Living With Epilepsy

Growing up, I discovered that l could predict the future. One of my first predictions was in high school: I declared that my entire class would pass the mathematics exam, and, sure enough, we did. Of course, this was only after I used nearly all of my free time to make sure my classmates understood …

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School mental health care plan should be Matiang’i’s next step

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i’s name has been on everyone’s lips after he announced KCPE and KCSE examination results in record time — which was attributed to reforms that he outlined in May last year. Around the time the reforms were announced, there were more than 100 arson attacks in schools across the country. Most …

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