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Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives
June 2012

Growing up, the greatest gift my father gave me was the daring to dream, and the discipline to realize my dreams. His gift has empowered me to  thrive and create a life beyond my wildest dreams despite recurrent bouts of depression and the trials and tribulations of everyday life.  


This Father's Day, I want to thank my father, Kasinath, and all the fathers in the world for their love and guidance. Happy Father's Day!  


Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS
Founder & President, ASHA International
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The Healing Power of Hope



In May1989, a stranger named Aida came to visit me in the hospital and forever changed my life. She was my friend Karen's mother's friend who was visiting my hometown Portland from Los Angeles. Having heard about my struggles with depression and the recent hospitalization, she had insisted on visiting me. Although I was ashamed to meet her in a psychiatric ward, her very presence was healing. Aida was an Armenian woman in her fifties, an elegant blend of Jackie Kennedy and Mother Teresa. In the thirty-minutes she spent with me, Aida shared the story of her struggles with depression and her eventual recovery. Having never met a person who had struggled and recovered from depression, I remember staring at Aida in utter disbelief. Over the years, when  medications, therapy, electric shock treatments, and the love and prayers of my family had failed to heal me, I had given up hope of ever recovering. "Gayathri, I promise you will get better" Aida had said, "It won't be easy. But, one day, one step at a time, you will recover and rebuild your life." "Believe me, you have the strength within."  Although my family and physicians had insisted I would get better, I had never believed them. But, I trusted Aida. Because, unlike others, Aida had journeyed through the dark abyss of depression, and emerged into the light. Although Aida's visit was short, the gift of hope she gave me that day transformed my life and continues to transform the lives of those we serve through ASHA International. It is a gift that keeps on giving.


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.


Each day, I thank Aida for the gift of hope she gave me, and look forward to sharing it with those in need.      


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Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS, is not a doctor, therapist or health care professional. She is a mental health advocate and Certified Peer Specialist (CPS). The information shared in this E-mail is for general information purposes only and therefore not intended to replace the medical advice afforded by physicians or other healthcare professionals. 


In This Issue
The Healing Power of Hope
Real People, Real Recovery
Field for Hope
The Anatomy of Hope
About Us
Real People, Real Recovery
Stories of Courage, Hope & Resilience

Kay Redfield Jamison: A Profile of Courage

Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, an international authority on mood disorders and a Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has unique insight into the world of mental illness. She has dwelt there herself. Read more... 




The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness by Jerome Groopman, M.D.   

Why do some people find hope despite facing severe illness, while others do not? And can hope actually change the course of a malady, helping people prevail?

The Anatomy of Hope is an inspiring and profoundly enlightening exploration of one doctor's discovery of how hope can change

the course of illness.

Reading the book has greatly enriched my life. Hope it inspires you. Happy Reading!

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