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Published on May 15, 2015
As a little girl born and raised in Bangalore, India, Gayathri’s destiny was predetermined. But never would she or her family imagine that one day she would be locked up in the isolation cell of a psychiatric ward. After a long journey, Gayathri believes it is time to come together as a global community to advocate for the human rights of people who are struggling with mental illness, and she has three ideas on how everyone can contribute.
Gayathri Ramprasad is the Founder and President of ASHA International, a nonprofit organization promoting personal, organizational, and community wellness, and the author of Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within. Her successful battle in overcoming life-threatening mental illness and her amazing recovery taught her the power of hope and holistic wellness. Now she shares that message with others. Since the launch of ASHA International’s wellness campaign, “Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives” in 2006, Gayathri’s keynotes, wellness workshops, and cultural competence trainings have reached more than 35,000 people nationally and internationally, with a resounding message of hope and healing. Individuals and organizations alike applaud Gayathri as an agent of hope and transformational change.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx