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Mental health conditions often go undetected and unreported, as people can be reluctant to seek assistance.

Mental health is similar to physical health — everybody has it and should take care of it. When we reflect about our health in general, it is important to include the health of our minds as well as the health of our bodies in our thinking, plans, and conversations. On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, 10 October, we reflect on the importance of sound mind and a dignified quality of life.

Dr. Nirmeen Rajani.

Good mental health is essential to optimal functioning in our daily personal and work lives. However, more than one in five women in the United States experienced a mental illness in the last year. According to the World Health Organization, women predominate in mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and somatic complaints. When women suffer, their families inevitably also suffer. For example, maternal depression is considered a significant risk factor for the socio-emotional and cognitive development of children.

Farrah Fazal at an American Red Cross refugee camp in Somalia.

“My work has taught me the power of storytelling. When people have no food, no water when they are living in war, poverty and violence when they have no hope, they have a story to tell and it is their most precious currency. I believe powerful storytelling comes from powerful emotional connections to compelling stories that uncover injustice, amplify the voiceless, show in the capacity of humanity, and hold the powerful accountable."

Filmmaker and videographer/photographer, Parastu Aydarsho.

Most of us know the feeling of being moved by a work of art, whether it’s song, film, painting or poem. When we are touched, we become aware of a feeling that may not be familiar to us but which transports us to a different emotional space.

Rozina Piredina receiving an award from Ali Sajjad Taj, Mayor of Artesia, California.

Four women, three businesses, an inspiration to all. We look at these entrepreneurs who all started at a young age, from retail fashion accessories to merchant services, cosmetology, and hairdressing. From innovation to entering a field eons old, they found their niche and a way to be successful.