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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.

...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.

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...

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...

...my single biggest role model in life. From his life-long dedication to spreading education throughout central Gujarat to his will to...

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

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...

I thought that middle school was going to be the biggest and most positive change in my life. Being bullied for how...

10 years old. When a girl is 10 years old she should be worrying about what color dress to wear, or how to do her hair...

...“Oh, this is just me being a teenager.” Little did I know it was something serious… I was too young to feel this sadness, right? I mean...

Anorexia. Listen Baba, listen to the word.It’s an ugly word, you say, your eyes shut, head turned away. I don’t like that word. Divorce.

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...

“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...

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.

November 2018 marked the 15 year anniversary of my suicide attempt. I can’t believe it has been that long but at the same time, it feels...

...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...