Fikrafya Mental Health

Fikrafya is an NGO with the vision of serving East African Countries by creating awareness and fighting stigma around mental health.

Get to know about Fikraya

Accredited by: MHFA & Royal Society of Public Health

We are a team of professional practitioners with extensive experience in delivering specifically tailored Mental Health programs.

Established in 2017, Fikrafya is on a mission to promote well-being, raise awareness, and combat mental health stigma. We’ve witnessed the glaring shortage of mental health professionals, with just 0.04 available for every 100,000 people in Tanzania.

In response, Fikrafya pioneered tailored programs to bridge this gap in developing countries. Our “Community Fit Champion” initiative, created with Mental Health First Aid U.K., has produced over 300 alumni who serve as essential mental health first aiders, a distinction unique to Fikrafya.

In addition to our flagship program, Fikrafya empowers communities through workshops, seminars, talks, and outreach initiatives, breaking down barriers and promoting mental well-being. Our commitment is unwavering, as we strive for a world where mental health is accessible and destigmatized for all.

Our Story

The Founding of Fikrafya

In our personal journeys, we have grappled with the challenges of mental health conditions within our own families. These journeys have taken us from belief systems to pilgrimages and even consultations with professionals overseas, spanning India and Muhimbili. It was during these experiences that we couldn’t help but notice the glaring void within the mental health support system.

The seismic moment that underscored the dire need for enhanced mental health support came with the tragic building collapse near the KSIJ mosque. Witnessing the trauma and anguish that gripped our communities served as a poignant reminder of the urgency at hand. In response, we organized for mental health trainers from the U.K. to travel and train 16 first aiders, arming them with the tools to provide support to those in need.

However, as we delved deeper into this training program, it became apparent that it was Eurocentric in its approach and did not comprehensively address the unique challenges faced by developing countries.

This realization marked the genesis of our journey, the inception of Fikrafya’s guiding light. In collaboration with the esteemed NGO, Mental Health First Aid U.K., we embarked on a mission to create training programs tailored specifically for the needs of developing countries. This pursuit transformed our careers and ignited a passionate commitment to learning and imparting various therapeutic interventions aimed at promoting well-being.

Fikrafya stands as a testament to our dedication, born out of a profound desire to fill the void in mental health support systems, and a testament to our unwavering passion for the well-being of our communities.

Our Values

Our Work Is Heavily Shaped by Our Core Values




Teamwork Spirit




Safe Space








Client Focus & Confidentiality

Our Vision

We envision thriving individuals, communities, and organizations for living fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.

Our Mission

We’re on a mission to enable people to take care of their own and others mental health by creating awareness, fighting stigma and training community fit champions through, workshops, seminars and talks to support, guide and empower people to thrive in their personal and professional lives by staying well, recovering and managing their symptoms of mental health conditions resulting into an inclusive society.



Fikrafya's Journey

Our Achievements

Outreach programs to various schools to support youth addressing sensitive topics such as suicide and substance misuse in safe space.

Outreach at churches and mosque to create awareness around mental health, a topic taboo in many institutions.

Outreach to various clubs such as Nafasi Art Gallery.

Specifically tailored workshops for youths run quarterly every year in various remote locations.

Reaching out to universities in the remote areas.

Pro bono counselling and theuropatic support.

World Mental Health Day celebrations for creating mass awareness of mental health In Open Grounds of Mnazi Mmoja for grassroots.

Close partnership with government to raise and discuss concerns such as inclusion of Mental Health in national insurance policy schemes.

Provided a 24/7 helpline during covid and adopted Zoom workshops for mental health and support.

Till to date we have handled more than 39 reported suicidal cases.

Work closely with various Rehab Centers.

Created movies and published various articles in both Swahili and English to create awareness.