I sought professional mental health treatment and services in Imphal, but it was a very difficult process for me. I found myself lying all the time when asked about the causes of what I was feeling. Being queer is an important part of who I am, but I cannot tell many people this.

- Sadam Hanjabam, Manipur
Vikram Patel
Expert advisor,
Harvard Medical
School and Sangath

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i I'm Monica, I'm sharing my story with you because the biggest lesson I learned is that the stigma of asking for help is real. But, help is right here and all you or I have to do is to reach out to that one person who sees us and will listen. We can rebuild ourselves because there is space for growth, hope, and endless support.

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i I'm Anjali. I want girls to stop feeling that no one will listen to us just because we are girls. Growing up a woman in my community can be very hard attimes because there are so many things that are not talked about. Here's my story.

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i I am Sam. I was brought up by my grandmother, as I was separated from my parents as an infant. I want you to read my story because I want people to know that you as an individual can create your life and change the patterns you learnt as a child in order to be self-reliant.

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i, I’m Vidushi Karnatic from Haldwani. I struggled with a mental illness and made a full recovery. I’m telling you my story because the hardest part of my journey wasn’t the mental illness itself, it was the stigma I faced because of it.

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i, I'm Pavel Sagolsem. I was born male and assigned that gender at birth, but quickly realized that something didn't feel right. I'd like you to read my story to understand my experience becoming a 'non-binary' individual, neither male nor female, and the importance of not seeing the world in binaries.

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i, I’m Tarini Chawla from Chandigarh. I had a picture of how I wanted my life to look, but more often things don’t turn out that way and the picture changes, but hey, I realized that that’s actually a positive thing!

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i, I'm Sadam Hanjabam from Manipur. My struggle with accepting myself and fear of not being accepted by others almost cost me my life twice. I want to share my story because it's so important to have spaces where you can be honest, express yourself and feel vulnerable.