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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 forgot. I forgot about how he looked like until today. Only today, in this very moment, when I saw a picture of him, did I remember...

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

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

I was in a constant state of anger and panic, even when I was laughing with friends. There was always this seemingly irrational fear...

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

My journey in undergrad started like any other "typical" South Asian. I was a pre-med student studying biochemistry stuck in a continuous...

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

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

In high school, I lost a close friend to suicide and was very severely cyberbullied. Consistently I would be told to focus on school...

...“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...

I have strained relationships and I am not talking only about romantic ones, but particularly familial relationships. It was weird growing...

... 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...

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

From 2003 to 2015, 76 teens died by suicide in my hometown of San Jose, California. During the same time, Palo Alto’s youth suicide rate...

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