Join us this Sunday, August 1st at 4 pm for the return of  Many Roads to Here, a production of The Immigrant Story, capturing the immigrant experience in the U.S. through monthly profiles. Voices from across the globe offer intimate accounts of immigration, war, genocide, and success. Listen live at 99.1 FM in the heart of Portland – or online anywhere at

In middle school, Yamini Rajan dealt with bullying, isolation, and a sick parent. Her mental health suffered, and destructive habits and self-harm nearly ended her life.  As she healed, she committed to telling others about her story. Now, Yamini helps start conversations about mental health in immigrant communities. A note to listeners: this episode contains references to suicide and self-harm.

This episode was produced by Caitlin Dwyer. Monica Salazar conducted the original interview in Winter 2019. Our audio editing was done by Rick March and Kent Randles, assisted by Gordon Graham. Music was composed by Denzel Mendoza. Our executive producer is Sankar Raman.

If you’re suffering from depression or having thoughts of self-harm, get help. Call 1-800-273-8255, or text the Crisis Line (you can text HELLO to 741741). Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Someone is there to help.

Original post written by Caitlin Dwyer.