I'm a first generation South Asian (i.e., Indian) born in Boston, Mass. However I've been living in Los Angeles for over 45 years. Having grown up in the San Fernando Valley, I now reflect and marvel at how "sheltered" all of us were from all things Mental Health. Pain from trauma and abuses were silently endured by the victim, and unseen hurt from inconspicuous ailments like anxiety and depression was merely masked by symptoms like headaches, IBS, aggressive rebellion. Stigmas and taboos have compelled me to pursue my life's passion and provide support, guidance and empowerment to others struggling to make sense of an invisible illness as we attempt to break taboos, end archaic patterns, and begin to nurture growth and healing.