As a person who struggles with mental health issues and a mental health advocate, I have learned over the years that alone we struggle; together we thrive. Yet, the stigma surrounding mental health issues deters most of us from seeking help. Instead, we isolate ourselves from the very people that can help us, and soon become imprisoned by shame and secrecy. It takes courage to overcome our fears and ask for help from our family, friends, and community. And, when we do, more often than not, we discover the love and support we need to recover and rebuild a healthy, meaningful, productive life.
If you are someone living with a mental health issue, or a family member or care provider, please ask for help. It is a sign of strength not a sign of weakness.
A few years ago, a concerned husband called to ask for help with his wife who was struggling with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. I am honored to share their story of struggle and strength with you all today.
The Goud Story
Wishing you wellness,
Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS