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In alignment with our mission to encourage others to #SpeakUp about mental health, we’ve created this blog – a passion project highlighting those who wish to share their stories with the world.

Open to anyone and posted biweekly, the series features personal anecdotes from members of the South Asian community who have struggled with mental illness – and the stigma that comes along with it.

I was sexually assaulted and violated by someone not once, but twice. And possibly multiple times without my knowledge...

I have had an incredibly long and difficult journey with mental health and neurological issues over the past 42 years. On top of it...

...under the veil of a warm smile and a cool, calm demeanor. Hope this doesn’t take too many of my friends by complete surprise.

I could talk about my experiences with mental health and how I was like a fish out of water in every aspect of my life...

Throughout my career, I worked with patients who have experienced anxiety, but I never know that I would become my own patient...

There is a lot I have dreamt of doing, but my choices for short-term gratification have somewhat impeded me from reaching those goals.

I wish I had a different dad. I wish I was blessed with a dad who would take time out of his day to ask me “How are you?” instead...

Although I feel fortunate to have not had any serious mental issues, my mind has certain tendencies that I have found very difficult to address.

...I was in a major I did not like, but I felt weak in admitting I was not good at science. My GPA was falling and by my second semester...

...I’m sure most of us would assume they either work as an engineer, a doctor, a scientist, or an upper position in a company. I’m not...

That’s something you’d associate more with the CIA or FBI, and less with the life of a 10th-grade boy living in the suburbs...

Competition may be perhaps one of the biggest driving forces in South Asia’s education system, but that’s certainly not the case in...

3 years ago due to some family issue, I went into a dark space. It was very rough for me, but I endured it all thinking that...

My life has been one long-drawn nightmare. All the memories keep replaying as they’ve just happened yesterday. No matter...

...So is depression. And suicide. Especially in the Indian American community, there is a tendency to pretend that these things are not...

i am sad. i don’t know if it’s real they say it’s not. it’s hormones they say because what other reason would exist for a girl like me...