Meet Dionne C. Monsanto, an extraordinary healer who actively creates safe spaces, for herself and others, to expand mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Dionne is the Executive Director of The Siwe Project, a global non-profit named after her late daughter. Siwe took her life at 15 years of age. The Siwe Project is dedicated to promoting mental health awareness while reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness in the Black community.
Dionne is a certified life coach and motivational speaker and has conducted multiple “Talk Saves Lives” trainings for the NYPD, as well as with various community partners such as Border Patrol & Protection, NYPL, NAMI and others. She is one of the AFSP media liaisons for radio and TV.
Dionne has initiated suicide prevention education in Kenya, where she spends a good deal of her time annually. She is also a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer. Most recently she was the first African American elected to the Chapter Leadership Council of the National Board for AFSP. She was a panelist on their first Diversity and Inclusion panel in January 2020 and has created a curriculum for them to diversify the organization over the next 12 months.