Be the Hope
Be the Hope
Happy Mental Health Awareness Month!

Thanks to each and every one of you for your love and support over the years in helping us promote mental health awareness, and empower people on their road to recovery. 

This year, as we prepare to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of ASHA International, I am filled with gratitude that my colleagues and I have had the privilege of reaching out and touching the lives of more than 45,000 people nationally and internationally with a resounding message of hope and recovery. Together, we are tearing down the insidious walls of shame and stigma, and empowering people on their road to recovery and wellness, one day, one person at a time.

I invite you to partner with us in our continued outreach. Together, we can change lives, perhaps even save lives.
 
There are 3 things you can do to Be the Hope:
  1. Support a loved one
  2. Share your story
  3. Give the gift of hope  
Thank you for your valuable support.

Wishing you wellness,
Gayathri Signature
Founder & President
ASHA International

You Can Recover - Chacku's Message of Hope

Chacku Mathai
Chacku Mathai
Ever since I met Chacku at a conference nearly a decade ago, he has been a brother and dear friend to me. A loving son, husband and father, Chacku is dedicated to creating a better world for us all. He is the Director of the NAMI STAR Center and a leader in the Peer Movement, a movement that once saved his life.

As a toddler, Chacku moved to the U.S. from Kuwait and growing up, he didn't feel like he belonged. He was bullied at school and watched his parents treated with hostility, and started to mistrust everyone including his family. Feeling unsafe and unable to cope with his feelings of isolation and dread, he got into fights and began using drugs. And, at fifteen, he tried to kill himself. Fortunately, his father sought help at their local church and Chacku discovered peers who empathized with his struggles and inspired him to discover his life's purpose - to help others like himself. "Our struggles often help us discover who we are, and our purpose in life" Chacku says, "We are the evidence that recovery is possible."

DO YOU HAVE A RECOVERY STORY?

Stories have the power to inform, inspire and transform lives. If you have a recovery story, please   submit your story today. Your story will  give HOPE to people struggling with mental health issues around the world, and inspire them to recover and rebuild a healthy, meaningful, productive life.

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 3, 2016
Engaging South-Asian Communities in Mental Health and Recovery: Barriers and Building Blocks
Cultural Competence Training
Presented by Cedar Hills Hospital, 8am - 12 pm
The Double Tree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR 97232

June 8-10, 2016
The Power of Storytelling - Author's Panel
A Drop of Sunshine - Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion
2016 Annual Conference - Media, Messaging, And Mental Health
To learn more and register, please click here... 

August 26-27
You Can Recover Project - Videotaping Recovery Stories
International Association of Peer Supporters Conference
Collaboration for Unity 
Philadelphia, PA
ASHA International
971-340-7190
gayathri@myasha.org
http://www.myasha.org