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Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives  
July 2015


On a beautiful sun-kissed evening in June, my dear friend Michele gathered a group of friends in her beautiful garden for an evening of friendship and conversation - about mental health. As the hummingbirds fluttered from bloom to bloom, we savored blueberry scones, topped with fresh raspberries and cream, grateful to be alive and in each other's company. One of the women's friend had lost her nephew to suicide a couple of days earlier and she couldn't make sense of why a bright young man who had graduated from college two days before, had chosen to take his life. How can any of us make sense of a loss like that? Yet, we wondered how powerful if would be for family and friends to gather together and talk about mental health issues as a normal part of the human experience, and to help and support each other in our collective quest for health and well being. Perhaps then people struggling with depression like the young man would no longer feel hopeless and isolated. Perhaps he would have found comfort and strength in knowing that he was not alone in his pain. 

As the young comedian and activist Kevin Breel said in his heartwarming TED talk: "We need to stop the ignorance about mental health issues, stop the intolerance, stop the stigma, and stop the silence, and we need to take away the taboos, take a look at the truth, and start talking, because the only way we're going to beat a problem that people are battling alone is by standing strong together. 


I agree with Kevin. We are #StrongerTogether.


If you are struggling with a mental health issue, or you are a family member or care provider, please ask for help. It is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness.


Wishing you wellness,

Gayathri Signature

Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS
Founder & President, ASHA International
Real People, Real Recovery

Kevin Breel didn't look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that - to save his own life - he needed to say four simple words.
Be the hope

In This Issue
Upcoming Events:  


September 19, 2015, 9 am - 12 pm

Take Charge of Your Biploar Disorder - A 4-Step Plan for You and Your Loves Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability 

Wellness Workshop presented by Julie A. Fast

LifeQual Center for Health and Healing, Beaverton, OR 97006

Program information and registration will be available in July 2015


September 26, 2015, 9 am - 12pm

Healing from Depression: 8 Keys to Recover and Thrive

Wellness Workshop presented by Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS

LifeQual Center for Health and Healing, Beaverton, OR 97006

Program information and registration will be available in July 2015


October 10, 2015, 4 pm - 6 pm

Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives: 12 Questions Every Parent Should Ask About Their Child's Mental Health

Parent Education Program Presented by Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS

Portland Balaji Temple - HECSA, 2092 NW Aloclek Dr #522, Hillsboro, OR 97124 

Program information and registration will be available in July 2015 

About Us:
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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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.