MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION

Thank you for your interest in exploring our mental health education programs. We offer a wide array of keynotes, panel presentations, films and documentary screenings to promote mental health awareness, hope and holistic wellness. All our programs are customized to serve the unique needs of our audiences. To sponsor our Mental Health Education programs in your organization, workplace or community, please contact Gayathri Ramprasad at gayathri@myasha.org or 971 340 7190

We look forward to collaborating with you!

A Candle in the Dark: My Journey from Adversity to Advocacy

Keynote by Gayathri Ramprasad, Founder & President of ASHA International – 60 minutes 

Gayathri was born and raised in Bangalore, India, amidst ancient traditions, and a large, loving extended family. Her happy childhood, however, gave way to a traumatic adolescence. By the time she was 18, she was debilitated by generalized anxiety disorder and panic attacks. And, at 23, as a young mother in America, she struggled to free herself from the death-hold of depression.

Gayathri’s signature keynote, A Candle in the Dark, takes audiences on her cross-continental journey from the entrapment of mental illness to a life of empowerment and global advocacy on behalf of people struggling with mental illness around the world.

Demystifying Mental Illness

A Community Education Program – 60 minutes

Mental Illness – the very phrase conjures up images of forlorn loved ones, frenzied, unkempt people lurking on sidewalks talking to themselves, lost in a world of their own. Despite scientific breakthroughs in the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses, society has lagged behind in its understanding and inclusion of people with mental illness. Stigma, discrimination, lack of awareness about mental health issues, and access to affordable care continue to entrap people with mental illness and endanger their lives. Demystifying Mental Illness dispels myths about mental illness and educates audiences with factual information about the incidence and impact of mental illness, signs and symptoms of mental illness, treatment options and recovery outcomes.

Real People, Real Recovery

Recovery Education Program – Panel Presentation – 60 minutes

Real People, Real Recovery is a unique Recovery Education Program presented by individuals in recovery from mental illness. Empowered by hope and self-determination, these courageous panelists provide a rare and powerful perspective into the trials of living with mental illness and the ultimate triumph of recovery.

Ask the Experts

Recovery Education Program – Panel Presentation – 60 minutes

Ask the Experts is a panel presentation by mental health professionals providing  audiences an opportunity to learn about scientific breakthroughs in mental health, successful treatment modalities, new and emerging treatment technologies and social supports.

Building Bridges: The Importance of Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care

A Healthcare Provider Education Program – 60 minutes

Mental disorders affect nearly 450 million people around the world and, if left untreated, cause an enormous toll of suffering, disability and economic loss. Up to 60% of people attending primary care clinics have a diagnosable mental disorder. Despite the potential to successfully treat mental disorders, only a small minority of those in need receive the most basic treatment. Integrating mental health services into primary care is the most viable way of closing the treatment gap and ensuring that people get the mental health care they need.

Building Bridges: The Importance of Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care:

  • Offers a personal testimonial to the benefits of integrating mental health into primary care
  • Explores 7 good reasons for integrating mental health into primary care
  • Identifies 3 Steps to building bridges between mental health and primary care

Dare to Care: What A Difference A Friend Makes

A Mental Health Awareness Program for schools, colleges and universities – 60 minutes

The prevalence of serious mental health conditions in youth between the ages of 18-25 is almost double that of the general population, yet young people have the lowest rate of help-seeking behaviors. This group has a high potential to minimize future disability if social acceptance is broadened and they receive the right support and services early on.

Dare to Care: What a Difference a Friend Makes educates and inspires young people, their families and faculty to become agents of social change to create communities of understanding and inclusion.

Dare to Care: What a Difference a Friend Makes:

  • Explores Myths & facts about child and adolescent mental health
  • Outlines 12 questions every parent should ask
  • Identifies 3 steps students can take to make a difference

Out of the Shadow

Documentary screening followed by Panel Discussion – 120 minutes

When documentary filmmaker Susan Smiley decided she was finally ready to turn the camera on her own family, the result became Out of the shadow, the story of her family’s secret struggle to deal with her mother’s schizophrenia within the confines of the public health system. Winner of the prestigious 2006 NAMI Media Award, this film is a story of madness and dignity, shame and love, illuminating a national plight through one family’s journey. To learn more about the documentary, please visit www.outoftheshadow.com

Men Get Depression

Documentary screening followed by Panel Discussion – 120 Minutes

How is it possible in the country leading the world in medical science, one in four men have a disabling illness that torments them and their families and most never receive treatment for it? Men of all ages, ethnic origins, and walks of life get depressed…so why don’t men look for help?  They may feel weak or ashamed – that it’s not “manly” to feel sad. Men Get Depression is a public awareness campaign that will help men and their families dealing with depression understand they are not alone. Getting help for depression can make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those who love you.  Men Get Depression will show you how to get started. To learn more about the documentary, please visit www.mengetdepression.com

Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness

Documentary screening followed by Panel Discussion – 120 Minutes

Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness effectively illuminates challenging ethical issues as well as systemic flaws in program and policy design, service coordination, and resource allocation. These problems are contributing to a mental health system that is widely acknowledged to be broken. Minds on the Edge also provide a glimpse of innovative solutions that are currently being implemented across the country. These innovations, many shaped by the guidance and expertise of people with mental illness, offer promising solutions and hopeful direction to transform the mental health system. To learn more about the multi-platform media project Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness, please visit www.mindsontheedge.org

Please sponsor our programs today!

Together we can promote mental health awareness, hope and holistic wellness in our communities.

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