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Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives
September 2012

2012 National Wellness Week Poster  

Happy National Wellness Week!


This year, I invite you to join ASHA International, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and hundreds of organizations across the country to celebrate National Wellness Week, September 17-23.    

To learn more about National Wellness Week, and view a schedule of events, please  click here...    


Wishing you wellness, 


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



Like millions of people struggling with depression around the world, for years, I prayed for a pill to cure my ills and promise me nirvana. But, despite medications, therapy and Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT), wellness remained a distant dream. Eventually, I learned that wellness does not come encapsulated in a pill, rather, it encompasses the way I live. 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.    


As we celebrate National Wellness Week, I encourage you to integrate the Eight Dimensions of Wellness into your life, and enjoy a life of holistic wellness.  


To view a listing of Wellness Resources, please click here... 


ASHA International: Bringing hope and healing to people's lives.
Upcoming Events:

Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives: A Journey to Wellness Through Eight Dimensions - Wellness Workshop,

Friday September 21, 2012, 6:00 - 7:15 pm, Portland International Church 22 NE 80th Ave, Portland, OR 97213
Event is FREE and open to public

Culture Counts: Variations in Cultural Value Systems and its Impact on Mental Health and Holistic Wellness - Cultural Competence Training, Friday, October 12, 2012, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Alternatives Conference, Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201 

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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 Holistic Wellness
Upcoming Events
Real People, Real Recovery
Share your Wellness Tips
About Us
Real People, Real Recovery
Profiles of Courage, Hope & Resilience 

Julie's Story

Julie Fast
I still recall the first time I met Julie, six years ago. I was awe-inspired to learn about her journey from the debilitating grip of bipolar disorder to best-selling author. Julie's books have been translated to Japanese, Spanish and Polish, and they have helped thousands of people around the world. And, she remains steadfast in her efforts to help people struggling with bipolar disorder to manage their illness and create a life of wellness. Read More...

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