- University of Massachusetts Medical School (MD), Wesleyan University (BA in Neuroscience/Science in Society)
I founded The MINDS Foundation in August 2010 with the mission of eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness. I believe the best way to go about addressing any development issue is to work with existing infrastructure and local stakeholders. Hence, I developed a 3-phase grassroots program aimed at providing mental health care to rural citizens in India. To date, we have educated over 3,000 rural citizens, treated over 90 patients, and are continuing to work with them to provide social/vocational skills training to provide them with tools for economic empowerment.We are now working with various foundations and NGOs throughout India to bring mental health education to even more people. Primarily, we are now aimed at integrating mental health education in primary schools to help alleviate stigma from an early age. We aim to create a world where anyone can ask for help without shame or hesitation. The stigma must be constantly diminished while providing medical care alongside it.