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“Uzuri” is a Swahili word that means goodness. It takes one good act to change the life of someone and many good acts to change the world.  Women and girls in our society today continue to be significantly marginalized and are presented with numerous risk factors that make them vulnerable to mental and emotion problems. Although as a society we have made progress in addressing mental health issues, much still needs to be done. We all have a mental health story, moments where you experienced some level of darkness, hopelessness and discouragement. We all know someone who has and is fighting the battle of mental illness. It is time that we dialogue and created conducive, warm and nonjudgmental environments that offer support, encourage transparency and that seek to understand issues related to mental health. You and I can be that catalyst that shifts how society sees and responds to mental wellness.

The heart behind Uzuri is to see every woman living a happy and healthy life and we are therefore committed to support mental health problems of women locally and globally.

We are pledging to support at least 5 women each year to get connected and obtain mental wellness support by partnering with various mental health agencies with hopes of empowering them to live their best life. We are also proud to actively support the Center for Addiction and Mental Health through their (CAMH) foundation.

“Whenever we begin to feel as if we can no longer go on, hope whispers in our ears to remind us that we are strong” – Robert M. Hensel

"Be Uzuri “ 
Join the movement “Be Uzuri”  and make a difference wherever you are.
Core values: 
  • Self- expression - You are most beautiful when you are your truest self. 
  • Recognition - Building each other up and celebrating one another's accomplishments.
  • Acceptance - You are loved, valued and accepted just as you are.
  • Goodness- What good act are you engaging in to make a difference in your community.
  • Reward- Valuable women that celebrate and reward themselves  for their hard work

USC Be Uzuri


According to World Health Organization 1 in 4 people will be affected by a mental health issue at any given time.

  • In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health or Addiction issue.
  • The likelihood of women developing depression in their lifetime is twice that of men.
  • Source: Stewart, D. et al (undated). Women’s Health Surveillance report: depression. 
  • Among those affected by violent conflict, war, disaster and displacement in our world, 80% are women and children.
  • 20% of women in the world have experience rape or attempted rape in their lifetime.
  • Source: Gender and women’s health, A WHO publication available at:



Why 1%? One percent might not seem like much but collectively every purchase can make a significant difference. We believe that strong collaborations allow for a greater impact. Therefore, every purchase made by each individual person strengthens our capacity to do more and positively impact one woman at a time.

 Are you a mental health agency that would like to partner with us? drop us an email on

Would you like to share your mental health story/journey to be featured on our website? We would love to hear it, email us at



Alberta’s 24 hour Mental Health Helpline:

Momentum walk-in counselling (Edmonton):

Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) toll free:



Better Help (online counselling):

Emotional World Wide National Institute of Mental Health

Africa Mental Health Foundation:



Canadian Mental Health Association (CAMH):

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH):


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