My Mind My Funk Show By Sitawa Wafula

My Mind My Funk Show By Sitawa Wafula

Through My Mind My Funk Show, multi-award winning mental health consultant, Sitawa Wafula has conversations with people in Africa and of African descent about mental health - from personal journeys and challenges/taboos/myths to resilience and self care as well as advocacy, policy and need for representation and inclusion in the space.

The show - a spin off Sitawa's Google Award winning blog that provided people in Africa with mental health information and support for 8 years - aims to demystify this important but tabooed topic and make these conversations, everyday conversations in African homes.

Support the show by;
- joining the conversation online using #mymindmyfunk
- subscribing to 'My Mind My Funk Show by Sitawa Wafula' on itunes, Tune in or Google play music
- ordering merchandise from sitawa.ecwid.com

Learn more about Sitawa and her work - www.sitawawafula.com
Get a list of crisis lines and support groups in Africa - www.thementalhealthacademy.org (support)

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    Be kind and patient with yourself ~ Liz Kakooza (Uganda)

    E P I S O D E 1 7:::Be kind and patient with yourself ~ Liz Kakooza (Uganda)

    Liz Kakooza is a communications expert and the founder of Tumaini Foundation - a mental health awareness and advocacy organization - in Uganda.

    On the show Liz introduces us to rolex - apparently Ugandans do not just wear rolex, they eat it too.

    She shares about dealing with anxiety and depression, the physical manifestions at the onset of her mental health journey and how she came up with the idea of Tumaini Foundation after going to rehab.

    We also discuss what self care means and she sheds light on the mental health legislation in Uganda.

    During the quick fire session, she lists Prince Harry among the people she would like to work with and also asks me 2 quick questions...catch all this and much more in this week's editions of My Mind My Funk show.

    Remember to share the show with others and use #mymindmyfunk to let me know you are listening.

    Reach Liz on twitter: @LizKK

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    You accept the love you think you deserve ~ Bella Dapilma (Togo)

    Bella Dapilma is a Togo born Storyteller and Mentor.

    On the show she tells us about dealing with self esteem issues mostly due to bullying in school, being in abusive relationships and her brother's suicide.

    We also discuss statements like 'if you believe in God how can you have depression' and other religious lines that do more harm than good as well as the role of parents especially when they have not dealt with their own trauma and how that affects children.

    Remember to share the show with others and use #mymindmyfunk to let me know you are listening.

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    See life as a Sunshine ~ Rephethile Kgwale (South Africa)

    Rephethile Kgwale is a South African based line producer and founder of Matters of the Brain.

    On the show she shares the meaning of her beautiful name, which was a test and a half for me to say out right. She also takes us through childhood trauma and growing up in an abusive family and the effects of that and how the diagnosis of bipolar and generalized anxiety disorder formed the foundation of starting an awareness campaign - Matters of the Brain, a magazine that will be launched on December 1st, 2018 and a book.

    Her partner also jumps into the conversation (we more of hijacked him) and shares about supporting ones partner when they are dealing with their recovery journey.

    You can reach her on Instagram https://instagram.com/_Rephethile Twitter https://twitter.com/_Rephethile

    and her mental health campaign - Matter of the Brain South Africa Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mattersofthebrain Twitter https://twitter.com/mattersofthebr2/

    Remember to share the show with others and use #mymindmyfunk to let me know you are listening.

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    I still feel confident I can live a full life with my condition ~ John Asante (Ghana)

    John Asante is a Senior Producer at Stitcher and Creator & Host of Play it Back.

    On the show he shares his first ever seizures at the age of 27, the restrictions it came with and the 'spiritual perspective' his uncle had when he was diagnosed. We also talk about relationships and the work place dynamics for someone living with epilepsy as well as some myths, first aid tips and an international research he is part of - Human Epilepsy Project http://www.humanepilepsyproject.org - which is looking at the effects of epilepsy on development.

    You can reach him on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/oldmanasante Twitter https://twitter.com/jkbasante and listen to his podcast - Play it Back http://apple.co/2B9AxiM

    Remember to share the show with others and use #mymindmyfunk to let me know you are listening.

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    Everybody deserves a second chance ~ Chris Lyimo (Kenya)

    Chris Lyimo is a Kenyan based addiction interventionist and Author of My Side of The Street.

    On the show, he talks about his 20 years of recovery from alcohol addition, dealing with chronic depression, parenting, finding love and writing his book - My Side of The Street - as well as the tools he has used (and continues to use) over the last 20 years of his sobriety as he helps others with their journeys.

    Get his book on Amazon - My Side of the Street: One Man's Journey from Alcoholism to Sobriety by Chris Lyimo

    Or by reaching out to him on; Twitter; https://twitter.com/chrislyimo Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/chris.lyimo Blog - https://mysideofthestreet.wordpress.com/

    Remember to share the show with others and use #mymindmyfunk to let me know you are listening.

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    The most powerful stigma is the one we put on ourselves ~ Hauwa Ojeifo (Nigeria)

    Nigerian based Mind and Mental Health Coach, Hauwa Ojeifo (@shewritewoman), shares what her fancy title is all about as well as her amazing innovation that will be launching on October 8th in Nigeria (#safespaceng). She also takes us back to the genesis of her work in mental health, which like mine has tales of sexual assault and bipolar.

    On this show,we also talk about the interlink between sexual assault and mental health (especially in women), opening up to family when one has been assaulted, the depressive side of bipolar and why it is important to keep sharing our stories.

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    Know when to stop, know when to ask for advice ~ Anyiko Owoko (Kenya)

    Anyiko Owoko (@anyikowoko) is one of Africa's most sort after publicists having worked with artists like Sauti Sol, Yemi Alede and all seasons of Coke Studio. On the show she shares what a week in her life as a publicist looks like and how she takes care of herself and her team as they handle big brands in Africa.

    We also showed solidarity to Uganda specifically Bobi Wine and those arrested with him last week by playing some of his music and several artists from Uganda during the first half #FreeBobiWine

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    Storyteller Njeri Ndonga (raw)

    Storyteller and Founder of Naked Souls - Ms. Njeri Ndonga (@mhuyanza) - shared her mental health journey and how she is using that experience to create safe spaces for creatives to not only speak openly about their own mental health journeys but also get support. PS::: The show starts at 0.35, been behind on the editing hence the raw versions, looking for volunteers to help with the editing

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    Executive Director of USPK (Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in Kenya) Michael Njenga (raw)

    Michael Njenga, the Executive Director of USPK (Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in Kenya) and Executive Council Member of Africa Disability Forum sharing his mental health journey, the work he is doing towards social inclusion for people with mental health conditions and how he takes care of himself as he does all this amazing work PS::: The show starts at 7.35, been behind on the editing hence the raw versions, looking for volunteers to help with the editing

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    All wounds need air to heal ~ Onyango Otieno aka Rix Poet (Kenya)

    Co-founder of Fatuma's Voice- one of Kenya's biggest social conscious art collectives - Onyango 'Rix Poet' Otieno , shares how unchecked childhood trauma led to a near suicide attempt and how he used poetry and social media to not only acknowledge and accept that something was wrong but also provide a space for himself and others to openly discuss about mental health. On the show, we also discuss the Sylvia Plath effect, need for local African names for mental health conditions and if social media the best way to share what we are going through.

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