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2019 Grit & Grace Conference – WOW!

We are still on cloud 9 after the incredible Grit & Grace Conference! Thank you to all who attended and to all who bravely shared their stories. We once again thank our generous sponsors for making this event possible. And thanks to all our hardworking volunteers who gave their precious time to come together to create a community of connection, hope and healing. Together, we are normalizing conversations about mental health and inspiring hope and healing, one story at a time. We can’t wait to see you all at the 2020 Grit & Grace Conference! Thank you for your feedback! Here are a few we would like to share: “Thank you so much. Being at Grit & Grace on Friday was powerful – I laughed so hard and felt such compassion and such connection with the women in the room. I’m at a loss for words to truly describe what I experienced and how important your message is for staff and for those in our service.” “This conference was incredible! I can’t believe how at home I felt here! Thank you for creating such a special environment!” “This conference was very much needed in my life especially at a time like this to help me move forward with my family and self-awareness.” “This conference is amazing! This is my second and I hope to attend others. The speakers were amazing!” “The presentations by Gayathri Ramprasad, Ebony Clarker and Melody Moezzi were particularly outstanding! I also appreciate the theme of health in the face of mental illness.” Enjoy the videos & pictures from the Grit & Grace Conference! Subscribe to my channel«...

My Story My SUPERPOWER Storytelling Show was a huge success!

Thanks to everyone who attended our My Story My Superpower Storytelling Show on May 29th. What an inspiring event! It was an evening of laughter, tears and breaking down stereotypes. We are so grateful for our amazing storytellers who shared their mental health journey.   Sharing stories about mental health is hard, and at times, uncomfortable. Molly even asked the crowd if her story made them uncomfortable. She shared that there has never been any positive change without people feeling a little uncomfortable.   Dave’s story of how his family has managed his young daughter’s anxiety was moving. Each day may bring its own challenges but we must reflect that we all have things to be thankful for. He shared a quote, taken from the Berlin Wall that is now tattooed on his arm and provides him strength day to day.   “Right now, someone is dreaming of living your life.”   Mental health affects us all. Sharing stories is the best way we know to give hope.   With your support we are able to shine a light on mental health and end the stigma, one story at a time.   Please consider making a gift today to support ASHA International. Your contribution will allow us to bring our message of hope and well being to more people at school, in the workplace and in our community. Please click here to Give the Gift of Hope today!   Here is feedback from people who attended the event:   “The program last night was amazing. My daughter kept turning to me saying “that’s me!”. She just started seeing an anxiety...

2018 Grit & Grace Storytelling Show

On May 17th, 2018 in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, ASHA International was delighted to present Grit & Grace, a storytelling show to shine a light on mental health and end stigma, one story at a time. Ten fearless storytellers shared their journey of courage, hope, and resilience with a packed house of 200 people and were honored with a standing ovation. We salute the Grit & Grace of our storytellers, celebrate their resilience and honor their humanity. To learn more about ASHA Storytellers, please click here… We are thrilled to announce our 2nd annual Grit & Grace: Multicultural Women’s Mental Health Conference on Friday, September 27, 2019, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. To learn more, please click here…   Subscribe to my channel« Prev1 / 1Next »Grit & Grace Storytelling ShowJennifer P Grit & Grace Storytelling ShowBekah - Grit & Grace Storytelling ShowDave - Grit & Grace Storytelling ShowGrace Grit & Grace Storytelling ShowJennifer Y Grit & Grace Storytelling ShowKelly Grit & Grace Storytelling ShowMeghan Grit & Grace Storytelling ShowMolly Grit & Grace Storytelling ShowYamini Grit & Grace Storytelling ShowDerald - Grit & Grace Storytelling ShowYamini Rajan - Storyteller« Prev1 / 1Next » Photos from the...
LIVING WELL by Emily Wu Truong

LIVING WELL by Emily Wu Truong

Q & A with Emily Wu Truong How do you define wellness? Wellness is the ability to balance our strengths and weaknesses and the good & bad in life. Practicing this is easier said than done, but with tools and daily practice, it is not impossible. Most acknowledge that we need to exercise to be physically fit, but we need mental fitness too. We need to find the tools to help us gain contentment and peace of mind when circumstances are out of our control.  What was life like before you found wellness?  Despite my down-to-earth & personality, I grew up with low self-esteem. No one noticed how bad my negative self-talk was – it was a subconscious voice that reiterated my self-disappointment. There were signs that I was depressed, but no one said anything. Believing that I had to be perfect to survive this life, I held unrealistic expectations of myself, & I was never proud of me.  Finding wellness helped me discover my purpose in life. It was the best feeling in the world. I took steps to find help for myself and became determined to normalize the conversations on mental health and suicide by sharing my story. However, I couldn’t do it alone. After meeting advocates from all over the world, life is good. Initially, my advocacy work was lonely. Now, it feels good to know I’m not alone.     What do you do to live well? For self-care, I attend support groups from Recovery International & my local NAMI chapter to consistently surround myself among other individuals. I’ve also become a fashion statement for the...
LIVING WELL by Chacku Mathai

LIVING WELL by Chacku Mathai

I am a River, not a statue   I struggled to define wellness for years, mostly because I found myself trapped in a whirlpool of confusion as I waded through the many ways people tried to define my struggles. For example, during some of my most difficult times, when I trusted someone enough to reveal that I saw shadows jumping around my bedroom, heard other people’s thoughts and knew that people were trying to kill me, there was an immediate desire to help me by telling me my brain was sick and that I needed to take medications to get well. It was like they didn’t even hear what I was telling them. I didn’t like seeing, hearing or knowing any of it. I felt unsafe and frightened, however, even more confusing were the contradictions.   When I took a long hot shower, I felt safe, even motivated. When I sat in the warmth of the sun, I remembered things I liked to do, like play soccer. When I played soccer, the action, and life itself, seemed to slow down to a pace I could handle. When I visited and cared for the dogs at the shelter, I smiled and wanted to take them home. Then I would see one of my teachers, another student or a neighbor and I would be afraid again. At night, the shadows would be more aggressive, and as I laid awake watching them, I would discover even more evidence of the harm people intended for me.   Wellness, for me, became something I could search for and practice every day. I realized that...
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