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October 9, 2013 by Janine Francolini

I Will Listen!

About a month ago, as I was wrapping up a long week in the office, I received a call from Gayathri Ramprasad, the founder of ASHA International, who asked me for an endorsement of her upcoming book . Gayathri’s book is a memoir of her journey of living with clinical depression. As we talked, Gayathri told me about the recent death by suicide of an Indian boy in her local community and the intense stigma and shame of mental illness in her culture. She wanted me to be informed and told me she would be sending information so I could learn more about these issues.

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August 7, 2013 by Janine Francolini

Will You Be Our Heroes? Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Mr. Williams

Janine-FrancoliniThis post is being written as an open letter to Brian Williams, Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil about their recent portrayal on their shows of people living with mental illness.

Dear Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Mr. Williams,

As you read this, you may be bracing yourselves for yet another attack and demand for a public apology for your recent ill-informed comments about people who live with mental health challenges. Gentleman, don’t, as I am not reaching out to you for that reason. I am writing to share all of the good that has happened since we launched this dialogue just a few days ago.

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