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The Healing Power of Work

As a child growing up in India, I often heard the adage “Work is Worship” but could not fully comprehend the significance of work in a person’s life. As an adult who has overcome debilitating mental illness to pursue a meaningful career as a mental health advocate, I have come to experience the healing power of work.  

In travelling the world and talking to people affected by mental health issues, I have learned that one of the things they aspire for the most is meaningful employment. Unfortunately, many of them do not find the opportunities and supports they need to realize their potential and become contributing members of our global community.

In this blog post, I would like to share inspiring stories of people who have defied their diagnoses and discovered meaningful careers, and highlight an organization that is promoting recovery through work. Hope these stories will inspire us all to empower people struggling with mental health issues to find gainful employment. Because, as Sigmund Freud says, “love and work are the cornerstone of our humanness.”


To read Elyn’s story, please click here…

To read Dustin’s story, please click here…

To learn about Vincent House, please click here…


Wishing you wellness, 




Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS 

Founder & President, ASHA International