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Drawing the Tiger Travels to Nepal (Part Three)

The final installment in our series about our Fall 2015 trip to Nepal

When we returned to Kathmandu after the village, we had one week left of our trip and it was PACKED.

We still had a screening at the US embassy, three suicide awareness workshops—one at Fulbright and two at government schools, a series

Drawing the Tiger’s First Summer

It has been a summer of getting reacquainted with ‘real life’. And it has taken some doing. Last summer was crazy—like capital-C CRAZY. As we translated, raised finishing funds and edited ‘final’ after ‘final’ version of the film—we barely slept, barely showered and subsisted on coffee and deeply discounted sushi from the Asian market across the street from our studio.

Earthquake

On April 25th, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. If you wish to support relief efforts, we’ve listed a couple of organizations we believe are doing a good job.

General, Nepal-wide relief efforts:

Oxfam Canada Catholic Relief Services Heart and Mind International (offering mental health and psychosocial relief)

To support the Darnal family directly, please

TEDx Monterey 2014 (EDGES)! Amy is Giving a TED Talk!

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Amy will be presenting a TED talk entitled “The Girl Who Knew Too Much- The Emotional Cost of Educating Girls in the Developing World.”

Tune in sometime between 11 and noon tomorrow (Saturday 26th April, Pacific time) to

Guest Post: We Are Not Alone (Vikram Patel and Global Mental Health)

Here’s another in a series of guest posts by our friend/mentor/intern Jill Seidenstein.

The issues that arise within Shanta’s story are complicated and difficult to disentangle from each other. Attempting to detangle mental health from global development from cultural shifts makes me dizzy. I start to follow one thread and find myself hopping to another, wondering about various factors

A Great (and DEEP) Article on Suicide Among Dalits

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/breaking-caste/why-theres-an-alarming-rash-of-suicides-among-dalit-students/article4396677/

The Day We Met Shanta

We knew we were meeting a girl who had people’s attention. They spoke in reverent tones about her intelligence and ‘spark’.

Amy and I loaded up, one with the gear into the back of the tiny car, the other on the back of a motorbike, and wound across Kathmandu–a city seemingly made up entirely of back alleys–to the ancient red-brick

Quite a Rumination About Suicide From the UK

This article is about a situation very different from Shanta’s death, but the issues it brings to the fore are familiar–stigmatization of mental health, lack of support for mental health, heightened risks from economic and social crises. The author’s discussion–and though I generally try not to read them in newspapers because they are so often mean and vacuous, the