Ashini Desai

I could talk about my experiences with mental health and how I was like a fish out of water in every aspect of my life. Or how I smiled and laughed constantly, but how that smile and laugh were a mask. In fact, I had a whole spiel written up and ready. But then I decided that I wanted to tell y'all what I learned instead.

Here are some of those lessons:

1) It's okay to ask for help.
2) I am not weak.
3) Be cautious, but don’t be paranoid. It’s still okay to trust people.
4) Talk to the people who love you; they care.

I learned these lessons through my own experiences, but I also realized that I was not alone. I had the love and support of my friends and family. I also learned that there were others just like me out there. I came across research, statistics, and testimonials that proved that many other people experienced the things I did, tried to cope the same way, and failed just like me. I found a community. That community came to me through MannMukti. I am so thankful for this organization and the influence it had on my life.

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MannMukti pledges to serve all South Asians, recognizing the power hierarchies in our communities, created and maintained by different identities of caste, language, geography, gender, sexuality, and religion that shape individuals' obstacles while seeking mental liberation.