As an eighteen year old, Sitawa was a victim of sexual assault. In the aftermath of this
event she experienced significant depression, was suicidal and developed a mental health
condition that she still suffers with today. With no support system and rising medical bills,
she dropped out of university. She found it hard to keep a job, facing stigma and misunderstanding in the workplace.
Out of this experience, a decade of fact finding, and a burning passion to see all Kenyans have the chance to access proper support and information concerning mental health she launched My Mind My Funk.
Sitawa is now a three time award-winning mental health and epilepsy crusader. She has a certificate in mental health advocacy, sits on Kenya’s Mental Health policy review committee and serves as the Assistant Secretary in the National Epilepsy Coordination Committee. Sitawa is also building the mental health movement in Kenya through the website http://sitawa.blogspot.com where she shares her experiences about living with epilepsy and mental health problems.
She recently launched a free sms line 22214 that enables people living with mental health conditions and their families to get information and support.
Winner of Google's Africa Connected Competition - 1 April 2014
Finalist for Google's Africa Connected Competition - 7 March 2014
In the Cottage USA interview - 3 March 2014
International Women Day post on me by Liz Ombati - 3 March 2014
Women and Power Interview - 1 March 2014
KTN morning express on my story and work in mental health – 25 February 2014
On winning my second award, Activist of the Year - 24 December 2013
On my talk in Ghana during World Mental Health Day - 16 October 2013
On Africa Queens Project (Tanzania) - 12 August 2013
My speech after winning East Africa Youth Philanthropy Awards