In 2004, Ikpi Bassey was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, but gradually stabilized after repeated therapies, hospital visits, and with the help of friends and families.
Ikpi realised there is no much discussion on mental health, moreover, sufferers are stigmatized, which prevents them from getting medical help.
After her friend’s teenage daughter, Siwe Monsanto, committed suicide at the age of 15, Ikpi Bassey knew she had to do something about Mental Illness, so she founded The Siwe Project.
The Siwe Project is a global non-profit dedicated to promoting mental health awareness throughout the global black community.
The goal of the organization is to expand the public dialogue regarding mental illness and to encourage more people to seek treatment without shame.
The project also created a #NoShameDay hash tag which takes place on the first Monday in July.
On #NoShame Day, people devote time to writing about their condition on blogs, on social media or anywhere that feels right.
#NoShame Day is an outlet to help other people put words to those feelings that they cannot easily express.
#NoShame Day is among the top five trending topics on Twitter every year and it has reached millions across the world.