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. Or how I smiled and laughed constantly, but how that smile and laugh were a mask.

In fact, I had a whole spiel written up and ready. But then I decided that I wanted to tell y’all what I learned instead.

Here are some of those lessons:

  1. It’s okay to ask for help.

  2. I am not weak.

  3. Be cautious, but don’t be paranoid. It’s still okay to trust people.

  4. Talk to the people who love you; they care.
I learned these lessons through my own experiences, but I also realized that I was not alone.

I had the love and support of my friends and family. I also learned that there were others just like me out there.

I came across research, statistics, and testimonials that proved that many other people experienced the things I did, tried to cope the same way, and failed just like me. I found a community. That community came to me through MannMukti. I am so thankful for this organization and the influence it had on my life.

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, 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.

To submit your story, click here.

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