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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.

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Yoga and mindfulness helped me heal and stabilize my moods.

Yoga and mindfulness helped me heal and stabilize my moods.

As a young girl I was always very active. I started out with ballet as a toddler which led to highland dancing as I got a bit older. From then on, I was involved in a variety of sports such as volleyball, soccer and basketball. This kept me very busy as a child, if I wasn’t at school I was at practice or a game.

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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...

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Creating art helped me cope with depression and self-harm.

Creating art helped me cope with depression and self-harm.

Instead of becoming consumed with my restlessness, I would focus on just free drawing and making up different patterns and configurations. It helped me take my mind off whatever was bothering me at the time, and at the end I would have a piece of art and a sense of achievement. Cutting would only ruin the design I spent time creating and over time my dependency on self-harm shrank. 

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LIVING WELL by Emily Wu Truong

LIVING WELL by Emily Wu Truong

ASHA International salutes mental heroes like Emily Wu Truong featured in this newsletter for her courage in sharing her story to give hope to others on their road to recovery and well being.

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LIVING WELL by Anusha Ramji

LIVING WELL by Anusha Ramji

Anusha is a 19-year-old, dreamer, fashion designer, aspiring psychologist, poet, writer, blogger and mental health activist who was born and raised in California and currently lives in Bangalore, India. 

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LIVING WELL by Dave Mowry

LIVING WELL by Dave Mowry

Dave Mowry is an author and stand-up comedian who has performed  40 Stand Up for Mental Health shows sharing his story and shattering the stigma surrounding mental health conditions, one joke at a time. And in his book, No Really, We Want You to Laugh.

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LIVING WELL by Bekah Miles

LIVING WELL by Bekah Miles

Bekah Miles is a member of ASHA International’s Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives Speakers Bureau and the winner of the 2016 HopeBringer Award.

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LIVING WELL by Francisco Stork

LIVING WELL by Francisco Stork

Francisco Stork is a lawyer and author of six novels including a young adult novel The Memory of Light, inspired in part by his own experience with depression.

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Depression: Let’s Talk

Depression: Let’s Talk

Depression affects 350 million people of all ages, from all walks of life, and in all countries around the world. It impacts people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks and can have a devastating impact on their ability to earn a living, and their relationships with family and friends. When left untreated, depression can lead to suicide.

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Practice an attitude of gratitude

Practice an attitude of gratitude

Twenty-seven years ago, a psychiatric nurse introduced me to the gifts of maintaining a gratitude journal and it has transformed my life. Every day, regardless of where I am in the world, I meditate and journal at least three things I am grateful for.

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Exercise for a healthier you

Exercise for a healthier you

I don’t have the time or the need for exercise. But, my psychiatrist insisted that exercise could relieve my depression and boost my overall well-being.

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Hydrate for health

Hydrate for health

Each morning, after I meditate and brush my teeth, I drink a glass of water and offer gratitude for its many health benefits to energize, nourish and sustain my body and mind.  Water helps boost energy levels, regulates weight, lowers stress, builds muscle and tones, nourishes our skin, reduces kidney stones and helps us stay regular.

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Breathe for better health

Breathe for better health

The yogis say “if you can control your breathe, you can control your life.” Our breathe is a barometer of our physical and emotional health. 

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Practice Emotional First Aid

Practice Emotional First Aid

Each year, I reaffirm my resolve to nurture my health – physical, emotional, and spiritual. Ironically, it wasn’t until I was debilitated by depression that I realized the critical importance of emotional health.

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You are not alone in this pain

You are not alone in this pain

On a beautiful sun-kissed evening in June, my dear friend Michele gathered a group of friends in her beautiful garden for an evening of friendship and conversation – about mental health. As the hummingbirds fluttered from bloom to bloom, we savored blueberry...

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The Healing Power of Anger

The Healing Power of Anger

Listening to Kailash speak helped me realize that anger can be transformed into collective action to overcome many a global injustice – whether it is child labor or the stigma and discrimination marginalizing the lives of people living with mental illness.

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Want to be happy? Be grateful.

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.

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The 8 Dimensions of Wellness

The 8 Dimensions of Wellness

Over the last twenty years, I have created a Personalized Wellness Action Plan that has helped me thrive despite recurrent bouts of depression. The daily practice of pranayama, Transcendental Meditation, journaling, and exercise, combined with proper nutrition, hydration, meaningful work, loving relationships, service, joyful hobbies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and sleep have helped me thrive despite the stressors and setbacks of life.    

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The Healing Power of Self-Care

The Healing Power of Self-Care

I had the honor of meeting Dr. James Gordon; a Harvard educated psychiatrist, and a world-renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma.

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The Many Benefits of Sleep

The Many Benefits of Sleep

It takes tremendous will power to turn off the lights and go to sleep while daylight lingers a bit longer each day. Yet, I have learned over the years, that I need to get eight hours of sleep to be healthy and productive.  

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The Healing Power of Nutrition

The Healing Power of Nutrition

“Gayu, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” my mother used to insist, “It’s not enough to know how to do calculus. It is also important to know how to cook.” 

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The Healing Power of Social Connectedness

The Healing Power of Social Connectedness

Social connection improves physical health and psychological well-being. And, the social support of family and friends has been shown to reduce the psychological and physiological consequences of stress and may enhance immune function.  

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The Healing Power of Compassion

The Healing Power of Compassion

For the first time in my life, I met others like myself, people struggling with mental health issues, and I knew I was not alone. In the two weeks I spent in their midst, I received the gifts of hope, acceptance, compassion, love, and understanding that has helped me heal, and inspired me to help others like myself heal.

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Powerful Gratitude Practices

Powerful Gratitude Practices

Many scientific studies, including research by renowned psychologists Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, have found that people who consciously focus on gratitude experience greater emotional well-being and physical health than those who don’t.

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Power of Community

Power of Community

A 41-year old mother of two struggling with schizoaffective disorder was hospitalized due to her deteriorating health – she had lost 65 pounds in a few months and was haunted by hallucinations – once a vibrant woman who had plenty of friends, an MBA, and a career, today she spends her time talking to the imaginary demons in her head. And, a 24-year-old young man, struggling with depression, shot and killed himself. 

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Healing through Advocacy

Healing through Advocacy

A wonderful work of mental health advocate and advocacy that is tearing down the insidious chains of stigma and discrimination, one day, one person at a time.

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Nick Vujicic – Personifying the healing power of resilience

Nick Vujicic – Personifying the healing power of resilience

Nick Vujicic was born in Australia to a Serbian immigrant family, with a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. Most of his childhood he struggled with depression, and after a suicide attempt, he decided to concentrate on what he did have instead of what he didn’t. He realized that his life story inspires many people.

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The Healing Power of Work

The Healing Power of Work

Inspiring stories of people who have defied their diagnoses and discovered meaningful careers and highlight an organization that is promoting recovery through work.

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The Healing Power of Intention

The Healing Power of Intention

Intention is the starting point of every spiritual path. It is the force that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love. Intention generates all the activities in the universe.

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The Healing Power of Gratitude

The Healing Power of Gratitude

Grateful people — those who perceive gratitude as a permanent trait rather than a temporary state of mind — have an edge on the not-so-grateful when it comes to health, according to Emmons’ research on gratitude.

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The Healing Power of Holistic Wellness

The Healing Power of Holistic Wellness

Over the last two decades, I have created a life of holistic wellness by integrating the Eight Dimensions of Wellness: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Social, Intellectual, Occupational, Financial, and Environmental. And, my new-found wellness has empowered me to create a life of meaning and purpose.    

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The Healing Power of Gardening

The Healing Power of Gardening

Summer is one of my favorite seasons when my spirit soars with the sun and my blooming garden. Nurturing my garden nurtures my mind, body, and soul. And, it reminds me that cultivating wellness is very much like cultivating a garden. It takes a whole lot of hard work, dedication, and willingness to live in harmony with nature.  

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The Healing Power of Hope

The Healing Power of Hope

There is a quote that says, “Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” That day, Aida taught me that while depression has no barriers-not of age, gender, nationality, religion, or socioeconomic status–hope has no boundaries. Hope has the power to heal and make us whole again.

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The Healing Power of Music

The Healing Power of Music

Robert and his ensemble captivated the 300 conference attendees with their divine music, I stood in awe, witnessing the transcendent power of music to unite us as a people, comfort, inspire, and heal our souls.

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The Healing Power of Breath

The Healing Power of Breath

For the last 23 years, I have practiced pranayama every day and it has profoundly transformed my life. Despite recurrent bouts of depression, anxiety and panic attacks over the years, the consistent practice of pranayama has helped me thrive in life. I start each...

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