Gayathri Ramprasad on Acceptance, Healing and Cross-Cultural Advocacy for the Mentally Ill

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Wed, 05/28/2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
"Shadows in the Sun" author, Gayathri Rampasad, on healing and overcoming stigma of mental illness
As a teen ager Gayathri Rampasad suffered from debilitating panic and depression, but was only told to "get over it." Raised in India, she eventually came to Portland, Oregon, through an arranged marriage, and became a mother. Here her depression became suicidal and she was locked up more than once in a mental hospital. In her memoir Shadows in the Sun, Healing from Depression and finding the Light Within, Gayathri shares her story of understanding and transformation; and tells how she overcame the shame and stigma of mental illness, which plagues over 450 million globally. In 2006 she founded ASHA International to promote healing and wellness for the mentally ill; and to shift cultural attitudes that stigmatize, ostracize, and foster hopelessness here and abroad. (Hosted by Stephanie Potter)

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