Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives
May 2013
ASHA International Issue No.

Social connectedness  


Unfortunately, when overwhelmed with depression, like many people struggling with mental illness, I used to give in to my urge to isolate and spiral into a deep pit of despair and loneliness. But, over time, I have learned that sustaining and nurturing my connections with family and friends, and seeking their love and support is key to my recovery and wellness. Over the years, these social connections have offered me hope and healing. 


In this newsletter, I am excited to share articles and videos on the healing power of social connectedness. And, invite you to nurture your connections with family and friends and tap into their healing power to enhance your collective health and well-being .


Wishing you wellness, 


Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS 
Founder & President, ASHA International
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Social Network's Healing Power is Borne Out in Poorer Nations

Krishna Devi and family

Psychiatrist Naren Wig crossed an open sewer, skirted a pond and, in the dusty haze of afternoon, saw something miraculous.


Krishna Devi, a woman he had treated years ago for schizophrenia, sat in a courtyard surrounded by religious pictures, exposed brick walls and drying laundry. Devi had stopped taking medication long ago, but her articulate speech and easy smile were eloquent testimony that she had recovered from the debilitating disease.


Few schizophrenia patients in the United States are so lucky, even after years of treatment. But Devi had hidden assets: a doting family and an embracing village that never excluded her from social events, family obligations and work.   Read more...

Connect to Thrive: 
Social Connection Improves Health, Wellbeing, and Longevity
Social connection
We all know the basics of health 101: eat your veggies, go to the gym and get proper rest. But how many of us know that social connection is as important? Social connection improves physical health and psychological well-being. One telling study showed that lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesitysmoking and high blood pressure. On the the flip side, strong social connection leads to a 50% increased chance of longevity. Social connection strengthens our immune system, helps us recover from disease faster, and may even lengthen our life. People who feel more connected to others have lower rates of anxiety and depression. Read More...


National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2013 
- Presidential Proclamation 

Barack Obama

Today, tens of millions of Americans are living with the burden of a mental health problem. They shoulder conditions like depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorder -- debilitating illnesses that can strain every part of a person's life. And even though help is out there, less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive treatment. During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we shine a light on these issues, stand with men and women in need, and redouble our efforts to address mental health problems in America.  Read more...

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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 Creativity
Connect to Thrive
Presidential Proclamation
Real People, Real Recovery
Featured Article
Unpcoming Events
About Us
Real People, Real Recovery
Profiles of Courage, Hope & Resilience 

Therese Borchard
Therese Borchard
I recently read Therese's book Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes, and was deeply inspired by her courage and candor in sharing her struggles with bipolar disorder, and her journey to recovery. 
I was fortunate enough to talk with her last week, and wanted to share her many gifts with all of you.
Therese is prolific writer and blogger. Her articles and videos are sure to empower us all in our quest for health and wellness. Read more...


To watch Therese's Health Videos, please Click here...
Sherry Turkle: 
Connected But Alone?
Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?
Watch this Video & Learn...

As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication -- and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.

Sherry Turkle studies how technology is shaping our modern relationships: with others, with ourselves, with it. 




June 7, 2013:

Connecting Spirituality and Wellness Across Cultures 
- Breakout Session, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, Mental Health America's 2013 Annual Conference, The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD. Learn More...
June 18, 2013: 
The Healing Power of Peers in Cultural Communities - 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, Portland, OR. Learn More...



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