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.
Gayathri shares with us her experience growing up in Bangalore, India and tells a story about a woman named Aida who changed her perception of life through her inspiring story. After being locked up in the isolation cell of a psychiatric ward for severe depression and suicide, Aida gave her hope to take control of her mind and, therefore, her life. Her successful battle in overcoming a life-threatening mental illness taught her the power of hope and holistic wellness. She now shares that message with others.
After a long journey, Gayathri believes it is time to come together as a global community to advocate for the human rights of people struggling with mental illness. Her goal is to educate people on how to get help and help those with mental illness. Gayathri believes we all have the power within to overcome our circumstances – one step at a time, one day at a time.