asha international mental health

We Give Hope

2021 Grit & Grace Conference was an inspiring event!

On November 4th, women from across cultures came together to share their mental health stories to give hope and empower each other to heal and thrive. And, women from across the Unites States and around the world joined in virtually. 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 well-being. Together, we are normalizing conversations about mental health and inspiring hope and well-being, one story at a time. We can’t wait to see you all at the 2022 Grit & Grace Conference! Thank you for your valuable testimonials! Here are a few we would like to share: “This is such an uplifting and inspiring event.” “All of the speakers were amazing, and to me it shows how much we need a special focus on women’s mental health, and the intersectionality with other pieces of culture that we identify with. Thank you so much for providing me with some healing, hope, and validation during a tough morning.” “I wasn’t sure what to expect as this was my first year attending this conference. I was blown away and so impacted by the stories these women shared. Hearing their resiliency and what helped them to move through difficult times was amazing and I’m looking forward to joining next year.” “What a wonderful experience for all of us who work in the area of healthcare and mental health…It’s such important and useful information...
2021 Celebration of Hope was a great success!

2021 Celebration of Hope was a great success!

Every year, we look forward to celebrating the impact our donors, sponsors and storytellers have helped us have in our community and share our plans for the year ahead. We are so grateful to everyone who joined us at the virtual Celebration of Hope on October 7th – a night filled with inspiring stories of courage, hope and resilience. Thanks to all of you for helping us raise $39,600! We are only $400 away from meeting our goal of raising $40,000 to support our Let’s Talk About Mental Health program in schools. Your gift allows us to offer this program FREE to schools. There’s still time to make a difference in the lives of youth in our community. Donate online today at the link below. Together, we are creating communities of hope, empathy and inclusion where all children can learn and thrive. Thanks to our sponsor for their generous support!   Enjoy the videos from the 2021 Celebration of Hope! [embedyt]...
The Let’s Talk Student Mental Health Conference was an inspiring event!

The Let’s Talk Student Mental Health Conference was an inspiring event!

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/embed?listType=playlist&list=PLtxSrSEfyXJkqtL4Qm2m4ff54Rfv9HioQ&layout=gallery[/embedyt] The global pandemic has upended our lives and impacted our mental health and well-being. Students across the country and the world are experiencing increased mental distress due to the disruptions of school closures, activities, and maintaining social and physical distancing. Now more than ever, it is important to empower students to share their struggles and seek help. ASHA International & Dam Worth It Company have joined forces to have a conversation about mental health with high school students across the country. On Tuesday, May 18th students, teachers, administrators and families joined us at the Let's Talk – Virtual Student Mental Health Conference. Together, we had a real & powerful conversation around mental health. We were joined by ASHA International Storyteller Audrey Steele, Dam Worth It Student Speaker Sydney Guthrie-Baker, followed by Oregon State University Professor Ameer Jaber Almuaybid of General Psychology, and keynote speaker, Chelle Thompson (former NCAA & WNBA Champion). Each of the speakers shared their unique stories and offered tips and insights on how to cope with stress and cultivate resilience and well-being during these difficult times. It was an amazing event! Together, we are normalizing conversations about mental health and inspiring hope and well-being, one story at a time. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors for making this event...

We’re grateful

Thank you for being part of the ASHA International family. Because of your support, we could empower Brian to share his story. Brian says “Growing up with depression was hard, but hiding it from everyone was harder.” Brian grew up in a culture that emphasized achievement and endurance above all else. In high school, after being the model-minority for his whole life, his depression got to an all-time high and he started getting panic attacks. These events led him to be honest about his struggles with depression for the first time in his life to his family, and to himself. He hopes that by sharing his story he can change the stigmas within his own community regarding mental health and encourage other Asian-Americans to speak up about their own battles with mental health by showing them they are not alone. At ASHA International, we are acutely aware of the significant barriers to mental health faced by underserved and underrepresented communities – immigrants, refugees, black, indigenous, people of color and LGBTQ+. And, we are dedicated to empowering them to share their stories to inspire hope & ignite change.  In 2020, your support empowered ASHA Storytellers like Brian to reach 5,113 people with an inspiring message of hope & well-being. Together, we are shining a light on mental health and ending stigma, one story at a time. This Thanksgiving, all of us at ASHA International want to let you know how grateful we are to have you as part of our family. Your love and support have helped us bring hope and healing to healing to thousands of people, especially during...
My Story: Immigration Through COVID-19 – Yamini Rajan

My Story: Immigration Through COVID-19 – Yamini Rajan

When COVID first struck, I, like many other college students found myself back in my childhood bedroom. We abruptly transitioned to lectures on Zoom, curfews, and memories of high school while convincing ourselves that we would be back at school soon enough. Yet, while I adjusted to the new normal, I had to simultaneously prepare myself for another drastic change. We first heard that we would have to move back in October 2019, about two months into my freshman year of college. “There’s a backlog in processing green cards right now,” my dad explained as we drove to the airport at the end of Fall Break. In theory, the problem seemed simple, our visas were expiring and the hold in the immigration system meant we wouldn’t be receiving our permanent residency in time, which meant we would have to leave the U.S. But the reality of this situation consumed our family for the following ten months. It meant my dad leaving the U.S for three months in an effort to extend our visas and my mom staying up for nights on end trying to comprehend complex legal jargon and coordinating calls between lawyers. It meant my sister having to go to school every day knowing that the senior year she had been looking forward to for the past three years would no longer be happening. For me, it meant watching my family undergo all of these two thousand miles away and try to balance my life in college at the same time. Every conversation revolved around new updates from the lawyers, trying to learn the names of different immigration forms,...
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