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From ASHA International:

Over the last few months, the global pandemic has upended our lives and impacted all aspects of our life – including mental health. As the number of cases of COVID-19 increased, so did the associated experiences of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation.

At ASHA International, we know that the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as are the physical health effects. And, it is equally important to address the inequities in accessing care.

Women are twice as likely to be affected by certain mental health conditions, and are often caregivers for loved ones struggling with a mental health condition. In addition, women of color face significant barriers to mental health care including stigma, cultural misperceptions about mental health, and access to affordable, culturally-responsive care.

Each year, the Grit & Grace Conference brings together women from across cultures – peers, caregivers, community stakeholders, providers, government officials, media and more to inspire, educate and empower each other to take charge of their mental health and cultivate resilience and well-being.

  • INSPIRATION: Get inspired by the personal stories of the nation’s leading mental health advocates.
  • EDUCATION: Explore barriers & pathways to mental health and wellbeing.
  • EMPOWERMENT: Learn how to take charge of your mental health and cultivate resilience & wellbeing.

We are so excited to be able to offer the 2020 Grit & Grace Conference at no charge this year.

In past years, this conference has helped fund the “Let’s Talk About Mental Health” program in area schools and community organizations. During the pandemic, we are moving our programs online but still need these vital funds to be able to reach students, teachers and community

About the Conference Name: People living with mental health conditions are often perceived to be weak or have a character flaw. Neither of which is true. It takes enormous strength and courage to cope with a mental health condition and create a healthy, meaningful, productive life. At ASHA International, we salute the Grit & Grace of people living with mental health conditions, celebrate their resilience, and honor their humanity.

About ASHA International: ASHA International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to normalizing conversations about mental health and inspiring hope & wellbeing, one story at a time.

At ASHA International, we believe our stories are our SUPERPOWER!

By sharing our stories, we can normalize conversations about mental health, give hope to those who are struggling, and help build communities of empathy, support and inclusion where all of us can thrive.

Representation matters! We understand the barriers to mental health faced by underserved and underrepresented communities – immigrants, refugees, black, indigenous, people of color and LGBTQ+. And, are dedicated to empowering people within these communities to share their stories to inspire hope & ignite change.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our sponsors for making it possible for us to offer the conference FREE of charge to our community during these difficult times

Conference registration is FREE.”

[Image description: Event poster with beige, and reg color blocks and a diagnoal grid of pictures of speakers for the event, six different women all looking at the camera, with the following event text: “Join us for a day of inspiration & empowerment! Grit & Grace: Multicultural Women’s Health Conference. A Free Virtual Event. Friday, September 18, 2020. 10:00am – 3:00pm PST. ASHA International. We Give Hope. www.myasha.org. Learn more and register for free at www.myasha.org/grit&grace”]


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