Sitawa Wafula is a Kenyan social entrepreneur with 10 years’ experience in the African mental health advocacy and strategy space. She is best known for setting up her Kenya’s first free mental health support line through her social enterprise – My Mind My Funk – and for using her personal experiences to bring mental health conversations to the forefront in Africa.
Her work has been featured on local dailies in Kenya and international ones like BBC World and NPR. The impact of her work has seen her recognized among Top 42 African Innovators to watch, Top 40 under 40 women in Kenya, East Africa Youth Philanthropist, a Non Communicable Disease Champion under the Ministry of Health, Kenya and an Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellow.
As a public speaker, Sitawa has graced TED talks (over 890,000 views), The MOTH, Social Good Summit, Concordia Summit, and the UN General Assembly’s first convening on mental health in 2018. Her opinion pieces on global (mental) health, policy and gender based violence have also been published widely.
Sitawa envisions a world where Africans have access to proper mental health information and receive appropriate support wherever they are. She currently uses podcasting to provide mental health information as she develops the next generation of mental health champions in Africa through her academy.