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We want to introduce you to a young woman who is fighting the war against depression and mental illness in the lives of many people in Nigeria. She is “the voice and face of Mental Health in Nigeria”. Her name is Hauwa Ojeifo; Founder and CEO of She Writes Women. The organization focuses on addressing numerous mental health problems, life issues and stigmatization of suffers of mental health. They promote love, hope and support and by so doing, they give mental health a voice in Nigeria. So far, she is changing the perception of the public on mental health issues.
Hauwa is a certified mind and mental health coach, fashion designer, women empowerment activist, financial activist and life coach. In 2015, she was diagnosed with bi-polar and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) coupled with psychosis and suicidal idealizations. This was the lens through which she saw the level of abandonment on mental health issues in the African continent. She decided to create a system that helps women and people deal with mental health issues.
In 2016, She Writes Women launched a 24/7 mental health helpline service that proffers emergency solutions over the phone to individuals. A women-only monthly support group called ‘Safe Space’ is also in operation in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna and Ibadan. Over 300 women have positively benefited from Safe Space. She also runs another program called ‘Hope Visits’ in psychiatric, teaching and general hospitals. She has partnered with Airtel, Wiki Loves Women, and other health care agencies to support all the women registered on Safe Space.
Hauwa is the only female recipient of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award in 2018 from Nigeria. She has received other awards such as Possibilities Women of the Year 2017, Leading Ladies Africa Top 100 Most Inspiring Nigerian Women 2018 and many more.
God bless Nigeria!!