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

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 a 21-year-old man who moved to the US from Pakistan in my early teens. If you would have asked me three years ago if I struggled...

I wish I had a different dad. I wish I was blessed with a dad who would take time out of his day to ask me “How are you?” instead...

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

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

“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...

... 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...

My little brother had just gone through the diary my best friend in boarding school made for me. The cover was...

...“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...

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.

"What are your interests?" I was asked this seemingly casual question on a casual Monday afternoon. For most people, the answer...

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

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

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

My maternal grandmother was schizophrenic. She helped raised me and my siblings for more than two decades before she passed away in 2002...