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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.

Ninety-eight pounds. That's what stared back at me. Ninety-eight pounds of skin and bones is what I had turned into...

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...

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

...and what I felt wasn't considered a "real problem." Middle school was a testing time for my personal life. My family was dealing...

...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...

I always feared that I would be called weak if I expressed any vulnerability. So instead, I put on a “strong” face at all times...

“How are you doing?” people usually ask, whether or not they know I’ve lost family recently. I don’t answer these days. My external...

I was so young when it started that I can’t even recall how old I was when it happened the first time, but I know it had been happening...

...my identity as an Indo-American. How could I not be? I enjoy the freedom and liberty awarded to inhabitants of the USA...

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

Since I was 7, attending medical school had been my dream - to finally say that yes, I’m going to be a doctor. Like anyone else pursuing...

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...

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

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

Too often, people think that mental health is easier to cure than physical health - but that is untrue. I know that from experience...

... 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...