Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives
April 2014
ASHA International Issue No.
ASHA International Issue No.
ASHA International Issue No.

Spring is in the air and cherry blossoms and magnolias are in full bloom in my neighborhood. As the days get longer, so do my To-Do lists. The sunny skies and warmer weather entice me to stay up as late as I can. And, 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.  


In this issue, I would like to share an article by Dr. Oz about how to get a good night's sleep. And, invite you to savor the many benefits of sleep . 


Wishing you wellness, 


Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS
Founder & President, ASHA International
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How to sleep better
by Dr. Mehmet Oz


Once upon a time, you could sleep like a baby. Now you'd be lucky to get a full eight hours of peaceful, uninterrupted slumber.


As a father of four, a surgeon, and a talk show host, I know all about sleepless nights. More than 25 years ago, when I was a surgical resident, I conditioned myself to get by on just two or three hours of sleep a night. I can recall walking down an empty hospital corridor a  fter a long shift and seeing the sun rising silently over the city. I often had trouble drifting off when I got home-and continued to have insomnia even after my residency ended.    Read more... 

by Gayathri Ramprasad
Everyone who struggles with a mental illness, or who knows anyone with depression, anxiety, or any other mental illness, must read this engrossing true story of courage in the face of heartbreaking adversity."

- Dilip V. Jeste, M.D.  

President, American Psychiatric Association

Shadows in the Sun is now available at Hazelden, Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, Powell's Books and other major bookstores.

Proceeds from the sale of the books will benefit ASHA International's programs and services.


To learn more about the book, read an excerpt, and reviews, please  click here...   

Shadows in the Sun by Gayathri Ramprasad - Book Trailer
Shadows in the Sun by Gayathri Ramprasad - Book Trailer
Article Title

The Oregon Health Reform Peer Network (OHRPN) is a statewide network of peers, peer-run organizations, and peers working within the mental health system to increase knowledge and outreach around the Affordable Care Act and health care reform in Oregon.


To learn more, visit the OHRPN website



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.   

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In This Issue
The Healing Power of Sleep
Oregon Health Reform Peer Network
Real People, Real Recovery
Upcoming Events
About Us
Real People, Real Recovery
Profiles of Courage, Hope & Resilience 

Brandon Staglin 
Why I am an Advocate 

I have schizophrenia, and sometimes I think about whether I have let my illness define my life. I work for my family's nonprofit, International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO), as a mental health advocate. If you asked me when I was a kid what work I would want to do, the last thing I would have said was to take on a family enterprise. I used to value my individuality above anything else, and dreaded being corrupted by conformity. Thanks in part to my illness, my values have shifted since then.Read more... 

Upcoming Events:

May 3, 2014,  1:00 PM
Book Reading, Discussion & Signing

Location: Cedar Mill Community Library, 12505 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, OR 97229
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May 7, 2014, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Keynote & Book Signing

Location: Avalon Manor in Merrillville, IN.
Presented by:  Geminus Family Services  


May 17, 2014, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Keynote & Book Signing

Location: Training Summit, Santa Cruz, CA
Presented by:Inspire USA Foundation

May 23, 2014, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Wellness Workshop & Book Signing

Location: The DoubleTree Hotel, Portland, OR
Presented by: Cedar Hills Hospital

June 5, 2014, 7:00 PM
Book Reading, Q & A & Book Signing

Location:  Queen Anne Book Co., Seattle, WA

To view the complete events calendar, please click here... 

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ASHA International's mission is to promote personal, organizational, and community wellness through culturally-responsive mental health education, training, and support.

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