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  • Writer's pictureSudhita Kasturi

Healthy Minds Strong Lives

The Mental Wellbeing Team at Chinmaya Somnath hosted a groundbreaking mental health informational event on Sunday, Jan. 21st.


The event aimed to foster a deeper understanding of mental health by discussing essential topics, including identifying signs and symptoms that may require attention, understanding the role of various specialists in mental health care, and disseminating valuable community resources.


I had the honor of organizing the event with fellow panelist Ami Patel and share the stage with esteemed colleagues from the field of family and internal medicine, psychiaty, clinical social work and clinical and school psychology. Each panelist provided invaluable insights and expertise. They shared their role in the arena of mental health and the importance of collaboration and support in promoting wellbeing.


Dr. Richa Agarwala expertly moderated the event and ensured the session flowed smoothly. She asked the questions received in the registration form, which allowed for meaningful dialogue and insightful exchanges between the professionals.


One of the innovative aspects of the event was the opportunity for attendees to ask delicate questions anonymously to professionals. Discussing mental health concerns can be daunting, so this provided a safe and confidential space for individuals to seek guidance and support. 


For those unable to attend the event in person, we offered a convenient web stream option during registration. Individuals could join the live stream and participate from their homes, whether across town or the globe.


Knowledge is power, especially regarding mental health. By equipping individuals with the information and resources they need, we can empower them to take proactive steps to improve their mental well-being and lead happier, healthier lives.


You can view the recording here and reach out to mentalwellbeing@chinmayadc.org for more information.


Together, we can break the stigma surrounding mental health and create a more supportive and compassionate community for all.




Thank you, Ami Patel (M.Ed Counseling), Niku Singh (M.D. Psychiatry), Sharada Baharani (M.D. Family Medicine), Sonia Kotecha (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), Sree Gogineni (M.D Internal Medicine), and Thanjina Ahmed (Licensed Clinical Psychologist) for making the time to make this event a resounding success.



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