About Me - Kelvin Opiepie
Kelvin Okeoghene Opiepie is the Founder and Executive Director of the LEAD Community Foundation; an organization dedicated to Mental Health awareness through community sensitization, advocacy, and tailored interventions. The core objective of LEAD is advancing mental health awareness and literacy.
Being a registered entity since 2018, LEAD Community Foundation has swiftly emerged as a pivotal force under the astute leadership of it’s founder, in the realm of community based mental health awareness, advocacy and therapeutic services.
Over the course of its operation, LEAD has reached out to over thirteen thousand three hundred (13,300 individuals; this is a testament to Kelvin’s unwavering commitment to the cause.
The driving force to the establishment of lead was borne out of his personal journey as a survivor of depression with profound insights on care and support.
In addition, through a blend of personal experiences, meticulous research, and proven methodologies, Kelvin has successfully provided counsel to over two hundred (200) clients, resulting in positive outcomes in recovery and suicide prevention.
Kelvin’s academic pursuits have fortified his expertise. He obtained a Diploma in Mental Health and is fully accredited as a certified Mental Health and Recovery Coach by the Health Organization (WHO).
Furthermore, his proficiency in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) further augments his therapeutic approach, elevating his interactions with clients.
Mr. Opiepie is a beacon of modesty and analytical acumen. Beyond his impactful work in the realm of mental health, he is also, deeply involved in philanthropic endeavors. His benevolence spans across diverse spheres, which includes scholarships for underprivileged children, distribution of essential learning materials, and provision of essential staples vital for sustenance in rural communities. This has brought joy to countless lives.
His contributions to Mental Health as a Lived Experience Expert and other valuable interventions is reshaping approaches to Mental Health in his home country Nigeria and across Africa.
He is a member of the Global Lived Experience Advisory Board (GLEAB) for the GALENOS project and also, an ongoing research initiative led by Lancet Psychiatry. These are testaments to his contributions in shaping the discourse surrounding Mental Health in Africa.
A public speaker of repute, Kelvin is also a prolific author who has penned numerous articles on mental health.
When out of the Mental Health spectrum, Kelvin indulges in his passion for exploration, both in the realms of travel and the pursuit of knowledge across various domains.
Find below links to some of his notable published articles (here)