The author and her husband, two smiling white individuals, hug each other in front of a lake. Sarah, who has straight, medium-length brown hair and is wearing a black and white floral dress, speaks into his ear. Her husband, who has wavy, close-cropped dark blonde hair, and is wearing a gray shirt and black suit jacket, bends his head, as if to listen.

Sundance TV’s “This Close” Strengthened My Marriage

“You have to learn to cue,” I gruffly tell my husband after backing our car into a spot outside my nephew’s birthday party at a noisy, monster-themed sports facility. I am referring to Cued Speech, a visual communication mode made…
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Scoot Smart!

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) teamed up with Disability Rights Oregon, Rooted in Rights, and Lime to release a new e-scooter safety video
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Mental Voices Africa and Rooted in Rights

Rooted in Rights has partnered with Mental Voices Africa to promote international advocacy for those of us with mental health disabilities. In October 2019, Noela Luka, Chairperson for Mental Voices Africa, and Allexa Laycock, Editor for Rooted in Rights,  led…
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Mental Voices Africa – Harrison

Harrison describes the difficulty in acquiring a disability card as a person with bipolar disorder.…
Rooted in Rights and Mental Voices Africa logo with Closed Caption and Audio Description logos. Nick sits in front of a brick wall.

Mental Voices Africa – Nick

Nicholas Odhiambo Osir has a BA in Philosophy. He is a Mental Health survivor meaning he got better over time, developed great coping mechanisms and is not always on medication. He is passionate about self-advocacy on Mental Health issues in…
Phyllis sits in front of a brick wall. She wears headphones and looks to the side with a slight smile.

Mental Voices Africa – Phyllis

Phyllis is an I.T and Administration Professional with Logistics working experience. As a Mental Health Ambassador, she hopes to help destigmatize mental health and foster open dialogues about issues such as Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, and other disorders. As a Mental…
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Mental Voices Africa – Brian

Brian Emmanuel Mbuthia created an online open forum on Mental Health called The Stronger Forum. Here he engages especially with young adults and invites teachers, parents and caregivers as part of creating conversations around Mental Health that he has been…
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Mental Voices Africa – Festus (English voice over)

Content note: Mention of suicidal feelings Festus Maronga, is from Gachie, Kenya. He’s a student at Kenyatta University studying Diploma in Theatre Art and Film Technology. He loves writing poems and acting. He’s passionate about Child Rights and Mental Health.…
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Mental Voices Africa – Festus (Swahili)

Content note: Mention of suicidal feelings Festus Maronga, is from Gachie, Kenya. He’s a student at Kenyatta University studying Diploma in Theatre Art and Film Technology. He loves writing poems and acting. He’s passionate about Child Rights and Mental Health.…