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Resilience is everyone’s birthright

“That resilience is everyone’s birthright, and we’re going to see it sometimes and we’re not going to see it other times.” There’s no doubt this pandemic and the fight for racial justice have challenged us. Many of us have encountered very dark moments, but the words above are as true for 2020 as they were during the 2019 Grit and Grace Multicultural Women’s Mental Health Conference. This year we have another incredible line up of women to help us all through these challenging times and find our strength. We are better together. Please, join us this year.. We know the need is great so our conference is FREE and virtual. Learn more and register at...

When I think of the word grit, I think of tenacity.

Our mental health matters. Women’s mental health matters. At AHSA our focus has always been on diverse storytelling. We know we find strength in one another. Our Grit and Grace Multicultural Women’s Mental Health Conference is free this year because we know how crucial it is everyone has access to this resource. Please, head to www.myasha.org/Grit&Grace to learn more about our powerful speakers this year and to sign up! We can’t wait to have you join us...

Together we can learn how to best help those looking to find hope through us

The Grit and Grace conference is for mental health providers, too. Together we can learn how to best help those looking to find hope through us. As Ebony Clarke, the director of the Multnomah County Mental Health and Addictions Services Division, said at our conference last year, we have “to create a level platform where everyone’s voice can be heard.” Because of what’s been happening, and the direct impact it has on all our mental health, we’ve made this year’s Grit and Grace conference FREE. Learn more and register...

To Live or Die: Creating Compassion & Preventing Suicide

                      Healthcare providers are an at-risk population for stress, vicarious traumatization, burnout, as well as mental illness including depression and suicide. When the healthcare system, and we as healthcare students and providers, can understand and accept the fact that we are all “human” without shame, it is more likely that those in mental health need will be empowered to seek out and receive help. Experience how sharing mental health stories inspires hope and can help save lives. Please join ASHA Storyteller Diane Leslie Kaufman, MD at the Grand Rounds: https://ohsu.webex.com/ohsu/j.php… Meeting password: Kv6MAp82P3e Phone (audio only): 1-206-207-1700 US & 1-503-907-9144 Portland, OR...

Race is a mental health issue; mental health is a race issue.

  As proud Iranian-American author and mental health activist Melody Moezzi said, “Race is a mental health issue; mental health is a race issue. We need to stop treating them like they are two separate issues because they are not.”    Discussing race and mental health is not new for ASHA International. This discussion is a part of who we are at our core. There’s never been a more important time than right now to share that with the world.   The video clip below is from our 2019 Grit and Grace conference  but it’s especially fitting in our current state. This year we chose to make our conference FREE because, as Melody explains, we can’t do this alone.   Join us as we talk about race and mental health at the Grit & Grace Conference on September 18th. Click here to learn more and register. ...

July is #BIPOCMentalHealthMonth.

Systemic oppression has significant impact on the mental health and well-being of Black, Indigenous, People Of Color (BIPOC). Historical and contemporary injustices continue to perpetuate trauma through generations and into today. BIPOC communities are resilient and have worked hard to uplift their communities despite systemic barriers and the impact of trauma. All of us at ASHA International celebrate their resilience. And, during the month of July, we will be sharing stories to honor their journey. See Olympic Gold Medalist Chamique’s story below and join us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to see more inspiring stories. Click here to learn more about the impact of trauma and access lists of resources specifically for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities provided by our friends at Mental Health America. Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame hooper and Olympic gold medal winner Chamique Holdsclaw has dedicated her life to end the stigma of mental illness and be a voice for those who feel marginalized and voiceless. Watch Chamique’s inspiring...
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