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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 Mind, My Funk”, a mental health information and support hub, which ran Kenya’s first free mental health support line. It has reportedly helped about 11,000 people — Wafula says she personally answers, on average, 100 emails a day from people who want advice on things like alcoholism, suicide and drug use.

She is a 2016 Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow.