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Westview senior and ASHA Storyteller spearheads first Mental Wellness Week.

by Genevieve Reaume | Tuesday, March 10th 2020 Westview senior and ASHA Storyteller, Hoda Aboueich, spearheaded the idea about a year ago. She is putting on the wellness week as a part of her senior project. It’s all inspired by her own struggles with depression, anxiety and suicidal ideations. “I kind of just had this idea and ran with it, and here we are today,” Aboueich said. “If I can turn my struggles into something positive for someone else, then I’ll do...

Together, we will rise up stronger, kinder, and resilient.

Hope you are doing well and coping with these uncertain times with love and compassion. Now more than ever, we need to have hope in the resilience within each of us to rise above these troubling times with courage and creativity. Together, we will overcome the coronavirus pandemic and the disruption it has caused in our lives and around the world. All of us at ASHA International are here for you and we hope you will stay connected and regularly check in to our social sites for helpful articles on self-care and social support. Together, we will rise through these trying times, stronger, kinder and more...
A story of friendship & resilience

A story of friendship & resilience

My name’s Hanna, mine’s Jaxon, and we’re seniors at Glencoe High School. Jaxon: those of you who know us know that we’ve been friends for a long time but we got truly close in sophomore year when we were both going through a lot. In the ensuing time, our experiences with mental health have been closely linked and we’re here today to discuss the importance of friendship and support networks in promoting mental health.  Hanna: from initially supporting one another to now working together with an international nonprofit in promoting mental health awareness, Jaxon’s and my stories are closely linked. Jaxon: back in sophomore year, i was dealing with the end an unhealthy relationship and my relationship with my father was hostile and contentious. I was stressed and isolating myself from my friends.  Hanna: at the same time, I was dealing with aftershocks of a death in my family and my existing mental health conditions were especially bad. I was having very severe panic attacks and struggling to stay afloat in areas that used to be easy for me, like school & my other volunteer work.   Jaxon and I had 5 classes together, so we were spending a lot of time with one another. Over a couple of months, we ended up opening up to each other about what we were coping with and I think it surprised us both how much it helped to have someone to talk to.  Jaxon: for the first time in a long time I opened up to someone new about what I was struggling with, and it helped me gain clarity and a...

Thank you for joining us at the Celebration of Hope!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Celebration of Hope on October 24th. It was an inspiring night filled with stories of courage, hope and resilience. We raised just over $40,000 to support our mission to normalize conversations about mental health and inspire hope and healing, one story at a time. We are most grateful to each and every one of our donors for their valuable support.   If you were not able to attend the event, please consider making a gift and join our Circle of Hope. To donate, please click here … We welcome gifts of any size and sincerely appreciate your generous support.   Enjoy the video and pictures… Subscribe to my channel« Prev1 / 1Next »2019 Celebration of HopeHanna Kane - 2019 Celebration of HopeHoda AbouEich - 2019 Celebration of HopeYamini Rajan - 2019 Celebration of Hope« Prev1 / 1Next » Event...

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«...
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