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She was diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Now she is helping others work through theirs

September 25, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

LAGOS, NIGERIA - AUGUST 28, 2020: Temporarily CREDIT: Yagazie Emezi

Mental health advocate Hauwa Ojeifo is one of the 2020 winner of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Changemaker award

In April 2016, she created She Writes Woman, a non-profit organization focused on providing mental health support for those who may need it in the west African nation.

Ojeifo told CNN that She Writes Woman started as a blog but she realized she could do more with it, "At first, I was just using it as an outlet to share my experiences and that of other women," she explained.

Eventually, it morphed into a support community for people with mental health conditions.

The 28-year-old got trained as a mental health coach so that she could start a helpline to talk to people experiencing overwhelming mental health symptoms.

She Writes Woman provides a 24-hour mental health helpline for anyone within Nigeria.

To close the mental health gap in Nigeria, Ojeifo's organization also offers a support group for women and girls called Safe Place in six Nigerian states.

In 2018, the activist received a Queen's Young Leaders Award in in recognition of her work with the 24-hour mental health helpline and Safe Space support group.

On Tuesday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation named Ojeifo as its Changemaker Award winner for 2020 for her work with She Writes Woman.

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