The Importance of Discussing Your Mental Health in Social Circles ft. Akhilesh Menawat

Special Guest

Akhilesh Menawat
Director of Communication at Kitchen Cabinet Strategies LLC

MannMukti Team

Shama Lakdawala
Podcast Lead

On today’s episode, we have Akhilesh Menawat. He is the Director of Communication at Kitchen Cabinet Strategies LLC in Minneapolis. 

Akhilesh & Shama went to college together for four years. But, it took them 6 years to know they both were struggling with mental illness during that time.

Why is it that we choose to mask our truths & not confide with our peers, or those we consider our friends?

Listen as they discuss the importance of talking about mental health within our circles.

We hope you listen, enjoy, share, and...



With our MannMukti podcast series, we aim to connect our listeners with mental health professionals as well as those with lived experiences of mental illness. Our podcasts are often conducted in an interview format, with one or more members of the MannMukti team asking questions of a guest. Each episode features a different guest who can speak to us about a unique topic in South Asian mental health, but the constant theme throughout each podcast is a conversation about stigma.

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We hope you listen, enjoy, share, and… #SpeakUp!

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