OUR SPEAKERS BUREAU

Through our signature campaign Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives, our distinguished team of multicultural speakers has reached over 32,000 people nationally and internationally with a resounding message of hope and healing. Our speakers offer unique insights into the barriers to mental health recovery inherent in each culture, and the multitude of cross-cultural pathways to health and welness.

To book a speaker, please contact Gayathri Ramprasad at gayathri@myasha.org or 971 340 7190.

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Bekah Miles

On August 23, 2015, Bekah Miles sat in her chair, staring. Could she do it? Would she do it? No. Yes. She was so tired of hiding, tired of pretending, tired of her illness. But since that wasn’t going to change anytime soon, maybe it was time to change her approach. To take her life back, if she could. After ten minutes of debating, she did what millions do every minute – she clicked the “post” button. Then she walked away from Facebook, torn between chewing her fingernails down to stubs and shrugging her shoulders and insisting it was no big deal. Bekah’s Facebook post was only intended for family and friends, but within days it had reached millions, starting a national and international conversation about depression.

Mental health issues are a leading impediment to the health and wellbeing of high school and college students. Left untreated, mental illness – including anxiety, depression and eating disorders, can lead to school failure, family conflicts, substance abuse, violence, juvenile & criminal justice involvement, and even suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among those 15-24 years old. Treatment is effective. Yet, because of the shame and stigma surrounding these issues, mental health is not discussed and too many students are suffering in silence. Bekah wants to change that – She wants to share her story to dispel the stigma surrounding mental illness, and encourage fellow students to seek the help and support they need to recover and thrive.

Rebekah (Bekah) Miles is currently a student at George Fox University. She is working on a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Women’s Studies, and is looking forward to graduating in the fall of 2016.

Key Topics:  Depression, Advocacy, Stigma Reduction, Navigating the Health System, Advocating for Change.

To book Bekah, please contact Gayathri Ramprasad at gayathri@myasha.org or 971 340 7190.

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Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS

Mental Health Advocate, Author, and Speaker

Gayathri Ramprasad is the Founder and President of ASHA International a nonprofit organization promoting personal, organizational, and community wellness. And, the author of Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within. Her successful battle in overcoming life-threatening mental illness and her amazing recovery taught her the power of hope and holistic wellness. Now, she shares that message with others. Since the launch of ASHA International’s wellness campaign, Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives in 2006, Gayathri’s keynotes, wellness workshops, and cultural competence trainings have reached more than 30,000 people nationally and internationally, with a resounding message of hope and healing. Individuals and organizations alike applaud Gayathri as an agent of hope and transformational change.

Gayathri received her first undergraduate degree in science from Bangalore University in India. At George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, she earned a second undergraduate degree in management and information systems and a master’s in business administration. Gayathri is also a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS).

Gayathri is a member of the Global Speakers Federation and winner of the prestigious Eli Lilly Welcome Back Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Voice Award for Consumer Leadership sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She is also the winner of the 2008 Outstanding Alumna Award from her alma mater George Fox University, and the recipient of the 2015 Esperanza Hope Award.

“In May 2015, Gayathri was invited to present a TEDx talk Be The Hope

Topics:  Mental health and holistic wellness, cultivating  recovery and wellness in behavioral health, healing from depression, transforming trauma into triumph, variations in cultural value systems and its impact on mental health and wellness,  and mental health advocacy.

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James K. Boehnlein, M.D., M.SC.

Dr. Boehnlein is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Oregon Health and Science University where he is Director of Medical Student Education for psychiatry, and Associate Director for Education for the VA Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, Portland, OR. For the past 24 years he has been a staff psychiatrist at the Portland VA Mental Health Clinic and at OHSU’s Intercultural Psychiatric Program, where he has treated Southeast Asian and Central American refugees. He is currently President of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, an international association of psychiatric and social science researchers and educators.

Topics: Cross-cultural psychiatry (particularly cultural and anthropological perspectives on post-traumatic stress disorder and long-term adjustment of traumatized refugees), the interface of culture and medical ethics, spiritual issues in psychiatry and psychological trauma, and medical education.

 

To book a speaker, please contact Gayathri Ramprasad at gayathri@myasha.org or 971 340 7190.

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