When I was eight years old, I wrote a poem about nature for a class project. I wanted to become an environmentalist at that time and I named the poem “Roses”. My third grade teacher read the poem and asked me to publish it. I am eighteen years old now and my love for writing has only grown. Initially, I began writing only to relieve myself of my overflowing thoughts. My writing was only for myself and the few people I trusted. During December of 2016, I tried to step out of my comfort zone and write for other people to read. I created a series of twelve blog posts under the heading of “12 days of love”. Doing 12 days of love changed my life. I realized that I want to share stories of love and of hope. I wanted to spread some of the Christmas spirit with 12 days of love and now, I want to spread hope and strength through my writing.

Over the past few months, the awareness for mental health and its importance in India is rising. Being a psychology student, I cannot even begin to explain how satisfying it is to see this. I believe in taking small steps to fix a large problem and seeing the awareness created really inspired me to contribute to this. I came up with an idea that I love and believe in with all my heart.

My idea is to write and publish stories of mental health survivors; people who have tackled emotional and mental problems and anyone who has a story to share about mental health. My aim is to help those who are currently going through similar problems and break the stereotypes associated with mental health. As humans, I believe we have the power to help each other and build each other up. We have the power to share, to support and to inspire. We have the beautiful power of love. This power overrides the cruelty and selfishness by miles. With these stories of people who conquered mental illnesses, I hope to instill a sense of faith in at least one other person that they are not alone. The world is not against them. Give the world a chance and we will all stand behind you as your support.

Reach out to me if you have something to share; allow me to be your voice. My promise to you is that I will keep your story real. I promise to do justice to your struggle and I promise to share your experience of tackling the demons in the most true and unabridged way possible. Allow me to be your voice. Allow someone to be inspired by your beautiful and strong life.