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Gayathri Ramprasad is a mental health advocate and a social entrepreneur with a unique insight into the world of mental health. Her successful battle in overcoming life-threatening mental illness and her amazing recovery taught her the power of hope and holistic healing in overcoming chronic illness.


Now, she shares that message with others. Her ability to transform trauma into triumph has inspired and empowered thousands of audience members nationally, and internationally. Individuals and organizations alike applaud Gayathri as an agent of hope and transformational change.


Gayathri received her first undergraduate degree in science from Bangalore University in India, a second undergraduate degree in Management and Information Systems, and a Masters in Business Administration, from George Fox University in Newberg, OR.


She is a professional speaker, and a member of the National Speaker’s Association and the International Federation For Professional Speakers. Gayathri is also a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS).


Gayathri is the winner of the 2006 Eli Lilly Welcome Back Award for Lifetime Achievement and the 2006 Voice Award for Consumer Leadership awarded by the U. S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She is also the winner of the 2008 Outstanding Alumna Award from her alma mater George Fox University.

Keynote Topic #1


Most of us have felt the healing power of empathy when sharing difficult situations with someone else who has experienced similar distress. This principle, that individuals who have had the same life experiences can help each other, is the basis of peer support.

As a Certified Peer Specialist, Gayathri has mentored people struggling with mental health issues and their families in the U.S. and India to overcome barriers to recovery and achieve wellness.


  • Learn about the most essential elements of peer support
  • Explore how peer support can optimize individual and family wellbeing
  • Discover the benefits of peer support
Keynote Topic #2

CULTURE COUNTS: Variations in Cultural Value Systems and its Impact on Mental Health and Wellness

Culture is central to mental health and wellbeing. A person’s cultural background influences how they perceive mental illness, and how much stigma they attach to it. Culture also determines whether or not a person seeks help, when and where they seek help, their coping skills and social supports. Sharing her personal recovery story and professional experience, Gayathri will explore how culture influences recovery and reintegration.

Upon participating in this Cultural-responsive training, participants will:

  • Understand concepts of cultural legacies, and social inheritance
  • Explore variations in cultural value systems and its impact on mental health and wellness
  • Learn three tips to create person-centered, culturally-responsive, recovery-oriented, holistic systems of care
Keynote Topic #3

HEALING FROM DEPRESSION: 8 Keys to Recover & Thrive

Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, depression affects 350 million men, women and children around the world. Although depression can be reliably diagnosed and treated, fewer than 25% of those affected have access to effective treatment. Stigma, discrimination, lack of awareness and access to affordable care deter people from seeking life-saving treatment and social supports.

This innovative and highly interactive Wellness Workshop will inspire audiences with a renewed sense of hope, and provides a wide array of tips and tools to overcome barriers to recovery and achieve wellness.


During this Wellness Workshop, participants will:

  • Discover 8 keys to recover & thrive
  • Learn about the 8 dimensions of wellness
  • Create Personalized Wellness Action Plans
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