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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.

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

...and about to graduate from a prestigious college. I’ve been fortunate enough to have good mental health and strive to spread....

It’s a dangerous game I play – pushing, no punishing, myself to my mental limit. There is a kind of pain, that is perilous, and yet sweet...

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

It was like parts of my soul were hurt that I didn't even know existed at that point in my life. Physically, mentally... It was all a blur...

...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’ve always believed in love. And now I’ve had it returned to me in kind but there was a long period of time in my life...

...from the Perry Castañada Library at the University of Texas at Austin around 3:45 AM with a couple of friends after a night of studying.

...in his monotonous voice. I was visiting him for weeks of severe back pain and insomnia. This was the first time that I...

I’ve always had a habit of keeping my thoughts and worries to myself with the intention of ‘not bothering’ my friends and family...

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

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...

Like me, my mother was born in India. Also like me, my mother has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. While we have this...

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

Fall 2011: “Congratulations, we are pleased to inform you have been accepted into our medical school.” It felt unreal. I’d gained admission into a U.S. Medical school I’d wanted since I was a kid. I was born severely premature, only 2 pounds, and medicine saved my life.

It’s a dangerous game I play – pushing, no punishing, myself to my mental limit. There is a kind of pain, that is perilous...