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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Sadam's Story

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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.

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Vidushi's Story

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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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Tarini's Story

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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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Pavel's Story

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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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Sam's 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.