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...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...

...but vulnerability is indeed a virtue when it comes to issues of the heart. I could curse everything in the world for my affliction...

I was five years old when my innocence was snatched away from me.​ A grown man clasped the little me, stroked me...

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

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...

A sharp, stinging sensation disseminates as I run a blade across my forearm. Drops of blood infuse with tears and burn within the wounds...

...The moment I had been waiting for months and months had finally arrived. The year was 2002 and I was finally about to see...

So many eyes you would think we’re famous. But in reality, we’re just kinda nameless. The infamy that an Indian carries with...

...asking for help. Whether I was struggling to solve a math problem at school or trying to reach the highest shelf in the kitchen...

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

One by one, the bangles come off, the sparkle from the nose stud disappears and the body which once was draped in rich...

...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.

Stories

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.

When I was five years old, I was blessed with a baby brother. His name was Vikas. His life story was riddled with brain surgeries...

...when it all started; before I knew it, I was in over my head. Slice of bread for breakfast. Apple for lunch. No dinner.

...just a number, something in the back of their mind, or maybe even something that nags at them every day. For others, like me...

I was happy for 20 seconds, then it was on to the next one. Imagine a kid in a martial arts class, yoga class, or art class. Imagine a kid...

Ever since I started ballet when I was 5 year old, dance has always been my go-to to release any tensions I feel. I know...

... due to several moves, lack of money, and a nasty divorce. From the time I was in 4th to 7th grade, I was also sexually abused by my...

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...

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

...nuclear, dynamic household. Her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins—they were all temporary occupants of a bustling...

“Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.” – Tryon Edwards

My struggle with mental health began at an early age. It wasn’t until I started learning more about mental illnesses and mental well...

...a “my way or the highway”, ultra-conservative, and devoutly Muslim sort of man. My mom has been depressed and self-loathing...

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 managed to wake up every morning get dressed, grab breakfast, and dash out the door but it was a front. A facade. A routine...

Seven years ago, if someone had asked me how my life was going, at the time I would’ve said pretty well. It wasn’t until later...

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