"I have come full circle in my pursuit of finding my passion and career choice. My path was chosen in the most unconventional ways. As a teenager, I battled an eating disorder. I felt confused, lonely and like I didn’t have a voice.
I wasn’t able to express what was happening to me, the issues were swept under the rug. In hindsight, I realize now that its because South Asians do not talk opening about mental health.
Like all challenging life events, it was a blessing in disguise. If I wasn’t able to speak about my eating disorder or depression at home, My close friend group took steps to find me people to talk to. This helped me take the initiative to have conversations with counsellors and psychologists. Out of this, I discovered my passion for mental health work. An added silver lining to this my peer groups assistance helped me witness firsthand the profound impact of young women helping one another.
I believe this was divine timing and reiterated my core belief of helping others by leading and living with an open heart. I had a brief step away from mental health work in my early 20’s. At the time frustration of the system and my lack of tools to deal with the emotional toll the job takes were reason to step away.
As a Kaur, religion like many things in my life shaped me. My parents did were amazing to never push or force religion in my life. Instead they showed its importance in progressive ways. I recall, my dad taking my brothers and I to the Gurudwara and one other house of worship every Sunday. He would say, “Beta, God is the same, people might not be the same. God comes to us in different ways.”
This profound lesson of respect, has carried me thorough in different ways. I have learned understanding, empathy, and being able to look at circumstances from different lenses."