Wellness In Color: Healing Through Community (Geet Mittal)

Welcome to “Wellness in Color”, a podcast series that explores perspectives on mental health to reshape the cultural language of mental illness.

Interview Guest: Geetanjali Mittal

Interviewer: Maritza Steele

Hosted by: Caroline Ludy

Produced by: NAMI Minnesota (namimn.org)

GUEST BIO:  An educator, artist, and internationally-published researcher Geetanjali Mittal shares her Wellness in Color story about navigating the mental health field while establishing roots in the United States. Originally from India, Geet grew up in a variety of cities and has a deep appreciation for different cultures. Before coming to the US, she taught post-graduate English Literature at Panjab University. A strong advocate for social justice Geet is currently studying Community Health at Normandale College.

Geet’s Recommended Books:
– Book of Mirdad by Mikhail Naimy
– Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
– Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
– Secret by Rhonda Byrnes
– The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This quote by Christine Caine helps Geet to motivate her through even the toughest days: 
“Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” – Christine Caine

In understanding her own journey, Geet commented on how people of color are at a continual odds to feel acceptance and often this parallels their own mental health challenges:
“I would also like to say that people of color have to struggle more as there is always a preconceived notion about them, which does not let people see their true self, intelligence and identity. This adds a lot of mental stress in life. I was reading a Disney book to my daughter the other day and I read this quote which very clearly defines the situation of people of color. The story is about a princess Sofia who is not a born princess but becomes one when her mom marries a king. To quote her, “I wasn’t born a princess, so sometimes I feel like I have to keep proving I belong.”

This episode was recorded on 01/17/2019 in St. Paul, MN.

For more information and resources on mental illness, education and legislative advocacy please visit the NAMI Minnesota website at namimn.org

These efforts were supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award Number UL1TR002494. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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