Let's Talk About Mental Health

It is time to break the silence about mental illness and start the conversation about mental health. It is time to be #StrongerTogether.

Be the Hope

In April 1989, a stranger came to visit me in the most unlikely of places, a psychiatric ward and gave me the gift of hope that changed my life forever, and continues to transform the lives of thousands of people around the world. Although her visit was short, she taught me that a random act of kindness can give hope and change a life forever.

Love, No Matter What

During a prolonged hospitalization decades ago, a psychiatric nurse had asked me, "what is the secret of your marriage?" "I have seen many marriages fall apart because of mental illness" she had said, "it is as if the the wedding vows say until mental illness do us part."

The Healing Power of Disclosure

To disclose or not to disclose one’s struggles with mental illness is a difficult question to answer. Persistent stigma and discrimination toward those living with mental illness, silences people into lives of shame, secrecy, and needless suffering, thus sustaining the vicious cycle.

The invincible power of the human spirit

I have often felt that climbing out of the dark abyss of depression is as difficult as climbing Mt. Everest blindfolded without a sherpa. But, as Arunima shares, each of us has the power within to soar beyond our fears and realize our dreams.

The Eight Dimensions of Wellness

For more than a decade of my life, I had struggled with debilitating anxiety, panic attacks and depression. Like millions of people around the world, I longed to discover a magic pill to cure my ills and promise me nirvana.

A Broken Mind Isn’t a Broken Person

I just watched Janine’s incredible TED Talk and wept with joy! After years of struggling with depression and many failed suicide attempts, confined in the seclusion room of a psychiatric ward, I realized that while mental illness can break my mind, and the mental health system can confine my body, there are no walls in this world that can contain my spirit.

Culture Counts

As a woman cradled between the diametric cultures of the ancient East, India, and the modern West, America, I am acutely aware of the cultural barriers to recovery and culturally-responsive pathways to mental health and wellness.

Self-Care is the Best Care!

Holistic practices such as breath work, meditation, nutrition, exercise/movement, nurturing relationships, sleep and social support are very effective in promoting mental health and wellness. Self-care is the best care!

Your Child's Mental Health

Happy Mental Health Awareness Month! As parents, we care deeply about our child’s well being, and make sure we take them to their annual physical exam. However, the emotional well being of a child is often not monitored and addressed with the same vigor as their physical well being. Unfortunately, it takes a crisis to call our attention to t

The Healing Power of Sleep

Spring is in the air and cherry blossoms and magnolias are in full bloom in my neighborhood. As the days get longer, so do my To-Do lists. The sunny skies and warmer weather entice me to stay up as late as I can. And, it takes tremendous will power to turn off the lights and go to sleep while daylight lingers a bit longer each day.

The Healing Power of Resurgence

Each spring, as snow melts into sunshine and the crocuses emerge through the cold earth, I am reminded by Mother Nature of the incredible power within all of us to rise again from the dark, dormant recesses of our lives.

The Healing Power of Advocacy

Helping others has helped me heal and become whole.

The Light Within

Namaste! I sincerely believe that inherent in each of us is the light of love, wisdom, courage, and compassion, which empowers us to transform our life, and the lives of those we touch. However, it is often our journey through the darkness of disease, the loss of a job or a loved one that we discover the light within us.