Webinar 27 Self-Check

Webinar: The Power of Storytelling


Originally Broadcast on Friday, July 29, 2016

9 AM PDT, 10 AM MDT, 11 AM CDT, 12 Noon EDT
Presented by Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS




Stories have the power to inform, inspire and transform our lives. Stories connect and comfort us in our shared struggles as a common humanity. They help us know that we are not alone, and offer hope to cope, survive and thrive. And, when it comes to matters of mental health, stories have the power to save lives and create social change.

Learning Objectives

During this webinar, participants will learn about:

  1. The power of storytelling to save lives
  2. The power of storytelling to create social change
  3. How to share their story to make a difference


Presenter Biography

Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS

Mental Health Advocate, Author, and Speaker

Gayathri Ramprasad is the Founder and President of ASHA International a nonprofit organization promoting personal, organizational, and community wellness. And, the author of Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within. Her successful battle in overcoming life-threatening mental illness and her amazing recovery taught her the power of hope and holistic wellness. Now, she shares that message with others. Since the launch of ASHA International’s wellness campaign, Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives in 2006, Gayathri’s keynotes, wellness workshops, and cultural competence trainings have reached more than 45,000 people nationally and internationally, with a resounding message of hope and recovery. 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. At George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, she earned a second undergraduate degree in Management and Business Information systems and a Master’s in Business Administration. Gayathri is also a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS).

Gayathri is a member of the Global Speakers Federation and winner of the prestigious Eli Lilly Welcome Back Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Voice Award for Consumer Leadership sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She is also the winner of the 2008 Outstanding Alumna Award from her alma mater George Fox University, and the recipient of the 2015 Esperanza Hope Award.

In May 2015, Gayathri was invited to present a TED talk Be The Hope.


1 – Story telling has the power to…

  1. Save lives
  2. Create social change
  3. Prevent accidents
  4. All of the above
  5. 1 and 2 only

2 – What aspect of telling your story of recovery makes the greatest difference?

  1. Hope
  2. Treatment
  3. Long term success
  4. All of the above
  5. 1 and 2 only

3 – Of the following, which resource/s did Gayathri mention during the webinar?

  1. You Can Recovery (video stories)
  2. Living Proof
  3. Talk Like TED
  4. All of the above
  5. 1 and 2 only

4 – What exercise, based on a book by Capecci and Cage, was used to focus your advocacy story?

  1. My elevator speech
  2. My six-word reason
  3. How to talk like TED
  4. All of the above
  5. 1 and 3 only

5 – What are the five qualities of a well-told advocacy story?

  1. Emotional, confrontational, call to action, negotiation, social justice
  2. Focused, crafted, framed, pointed to the positive, practiced
  3. Brief, beneficial, compelling, inviting, action oriented
  4. All of the above
  5. None of the above

6 – Which of the following are tips Gayathri offered for effective storytelling?

  1. Dare greatly
  2. Love deeply
  3. Share your truth
  4. All of the above
  5. 1 and 3 only