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The Power Of Us

Even as the COVID19 global pandemic has changed our lives and filled us with dread, I am deeply inspired by the resilience of human beings to rise together in solidarity to support each other. And, this gives me hope to wake up each day and do my best.  A week ago, I received an email from a local nonprofit organization I serve on the Board at, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, inviting our community to sew masks for healthcare workers. Given the shortage and critical need for masks, I asked my girlfriend Kathy if she would join me in sewing masks. Kathy invited a few of her friends to join us and together, we made 54 masks which she dropped off. This week, the group has grown even larger and we hope to make and drop off 100 masks. Each of us have gifts that are much needed by our community in this hour of need. Perhaps it is mowing an elderly neighbor’s lawn or offering to pick up groceries or medications for them. Perhaps it is surprising a neighbor’s child with a caravan of cars honking to celebrate her birthday. Perhaps it is dropping off dinner at your friend’s door. The power of us is stronger than any virus....

George Washington University students teamed up to promote mental health awareness.

by ASHA Storyteller Yamini Rajan On February 22nd, George Washington University’s Indian Student’s Association teamed up with the George Washington University’s South Asian community to raise money for mental health awareness. As an organization, we brainstormed long and hard over what charity we would like to choose for our biannual Charity Date Auction. When learning about ASHA International, everyone agreed that it was the perfect choice. Mental health issues are prevalent in the South Asian community but are often unspoken, leading to many youth growing up struggling and unaware of how to cope. We, as a group, had felt this very struggle and knew that we had to be a part of the solution. Date Auction comprised of members of our community signing up to walk the runway, bringing friends to bid on them. It was a night of laughter, fun, food, and photos. We are so proud of the event we put on and can’t wait to relive it soon. Together, we raised $ 700 to support ASHA International’s efforts to normalize conversations about mental health and inspire hope & healing, one story at a...

Thank you Juan Young Trust!

Our deepest gratitude to everyone at the Juan Young Trust for their generous grant to support our youth mental health program Let’s Talk About Mental Health. Together, we will continue to empower our youth to take charge of their mental  health to promote well-being and prevent suicides. The mental health and well-being of our youth is the heart of our programs, and now, more than ever, we are dedicated to connecting with them and supporting them as they find themselves isolated and anxious. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, ASHA International will be transitioning from its in-person programs to virtual interactions until we can resume our normal programming. Please stay...
Take charge of your mental health.

Take charge of your mental health.

The fast-growing COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all our lives.We understand this is a difficult time for all of us, and it’s taking a toll on our health – mental and physical. We wanted to share some tools that can help you stay calm & centered. Hope you find them helpful as you get through these trying times. Meditate – There are some wonderful free apps that you can download on your phone or smartwatch. Take a few minutes to start, end or break up your day with meditation. Journal – Spend a few minutes journaling three things you are grateful for each day. It is a great way to increase positivity and happiness in your life. Exercise – Get outside! Go for a walk, run or bike ride. Or unroll your mat and do some yoga, stretching or Pilates. Even 15 minutes will change your mood and you’ll be surprised, after you start you may not want to stop. Enjoy healthy meals – gather your family and cook your favorite recipes and enjoy them together. Explore a new or overlooked hobby – Pick up a book, put together a puzzle, work in your garden, bake cookies. These can take your mind off everything happening right now and help center you. You could also pick up a new hobby through online videos or tutorials. Organize – Remember that junk drawer you always say you’re going to clean, take a few minutes and tackle that project. Think about how great it will be to check it off your list! Sleep – Make sure you are getting enough sleep each night. Go...
Share your story. Give Hope. Change Lives.

Share your story. Give Hope. Change Lives.

  Each of us has a story – a story of struggle and resilience. Stories connect and comfort us in our shared struggles, help us know that we are not alone, and give us HOPE to cope, survive and thrive. Personal stories have the power to save lives and create social change. Our story is our SUPERPOWER!   Please send us your story and let us know how you are staying resilient in these uncertain times – what are you doing to take care of yourself ? What gives you hope? If you are sending your story in text, please keep it to 1,600 words or less, and email it to info@myasha.org If you are sending your story as a video, please keep it to 5 minutes or less, upload it to You Tube of a video sharing site, and send the link to info@myasha.org We will be delighted to share your stories on our social media sites to inspire hope in our...
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