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Transforming Pain and Heartbreak Into Advocacy: Geetha Balagopal

A Tribute to Priya Priya's story Our Mindset vs. Mental Health Priya's Message The Rising Suicide Statistics Rising From Mental Health Issues Overview People who decide to end their lives are in immense pain. Suicide is a permanent outcome of a decision of a tortured mind. Mental illness is difficult because it’s like fighting a battle that your mind convinces you is not actually happening. People facing suicidal depression or bipolar disorder or anxiety deserve to navigate their illnesses with …

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Manvi Tiwari: A Young Mental Health Activist; Finding the Silver Lining

About Manvi Tiwari Spreading Awareness About OCD Overview Oftentimes, we fail to acknowledge our own illnesses because we have simply never been taught about mental health. Societal parameters are set to define what qualifies as a mental health issue, which is often at its worst stage. We need to address that mental health is about something more than disorders. It isn’t just depression or OCD, but it is your mental state of well-being. Manvi Tiwari beautifully elaborates her story of fighting …

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Rethinking Nutrition: Tolulope Aina’s Journey of Revolutionizing Agriculture

About Tolulope Aina Choosing Agriculture Journey in the Patriarchal World Advice to Young Leaders Tolulope Aina talks about her remarkable journey of transforming agriculture and the way people look at nutrition through Tolulope Foods and Agro Learn. I grew up in the city of Lagos in Nigeria and I was an only child before my younger brother came along. That experience reflected in my personality and made me an introvert with a penchant for responsibility. When I was in high school …

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Advocating Holistic Health and Sustainability: Soumya Ganapathy

Growing Up in Mixed Cultures Interest in Medicine Seeking Inspiration and Being Sustainable When I was young, I felt like I was carrying two worlds within myself—my Indian heritage and the Western culture that I was growing up in. There were many times that I felt like an outsider. I was picked on a lot but that made me empathetic towards others facing discrimination. At times it was tough, but those experiences made me who I am. I believe that …

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Debunking Heteronormativity: Dr. Varuna Srinivasan – Educator, Sexologist and Gender Justice Activist

About Varuna Srinivasan Journey to Acceptance Overview Bisexual individuals are often considered “confused” which is not true. Sometimes in order to find yourself, you have to step outside of your comfort zone and explore all that's out there. Intersectionality allows us to include everyone in the conversation and helps each of us first accept and then celebrate who we are. It is difficult but important to take care of your mental health.  “I found happiness when I accepted myself.” I …

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Healthy & Hassle – Free Menstrual Care With the Pink Box: Sanjana Pai

Inspiration Behind The Pink Box Menstrual Care With The Pink Box Like many young people, I was often asked “where do you see yourself in five years?” – And much to everyone’s surprise, I actually had an answer for it: I will create a business that caters to women and supports their well-being. I initially wanted to start a merchandise line specializing in quirky female fashion, but I soon realized that the market was saturated and the barriers to entry …

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Women in Sports: Maclaine Westford

Maclaine's Story Growing up in California, Maclaine started playing volleyball when she was just four years old. It never crossed her mind that sports were not as easily accessible to girls in other countries. Immersing herself into communities & different countries while studying abroad, Maclaine was surprised to learn that there was a massive gender gap in sports across multiple countries. “Sport is a universal language. I may not speak the same spoken or written language as you but I …

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Intertwining Body Image Concerns With Health: Smita

Childhood And Health-Problems Self-love, Self-Care And Support As a kid, I was incredibly skinny and people constantly highlighted it. Lactose intolerant and susceptible to food poisoning, I consistently battled stomach pains and nausea. After catching a stomach infection, I lived in fear that it would manifest into an ulcer. As a result, I developed anxiety and struggled with confidence. The physical and emotional turmoil of an unhealthy body, especially at a young age, can be deeply jarring.⠀ Things began to …

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Women in Sports: A Struggle for Change | Cremson

Growing Up Finding Myself Women and Sports “You know yourself the best; keep working to polish your strengths, while recognizing your weaknesses. Don’t overthink." Growing up, I knew that chemistry and biology in general were my strength subject areas as I moved to the US to pursue my undergraduate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Working in the lab was exciting, but it wasn’t enough. I genuinely wanted to expand the impact that I could have on the lives of not just …

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