Our Value

Mission

Mission: To bring hope, resources, and support to marriages with mental health and addiction challenges.

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Vision: To help marriages around the world with mental health and addiction challenges identify their significant purpose and serve others.

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Brand: The tree symbolizes the journey of a marriage with a mental health condition.  The roots depict marital struggles, the trunk symbolizes growth and work done to strengthen the marital bond, the leaves symbolize vitality in the marriage, and finally, the fruit symbolizes beauty arising from trials.

Our Purpose

Do you feel hopeless, tired, and worn out in your marriage?  Do you feel as though you’re losing your own mind?  Are you ready to give up on your marriage because of your spouse’s mental health condition?  Twenty percent of the U.S. adult population is diagnosed with a mental health condition each year.  Fifty percent of the U.S. adult population is married.  Twenty to eighty percent of marriages where mental health and addiction challenges exist are more likely to end in divorce depending upon the diagnosis.

In the book Mental Health Strong, Erin Ramachandran and her husband, Keith, believe their purpose is to help marriages affected by this 20/50/80 statistic not merely survive but thrive.  They encourage marriages impacted by mental health and addiction challenges to work toward being Mental Health Strong.  Written from the perspective of a spouse whose partner battles multiple mental health conditions, this guide offers real-life, faith-based, practical examples and resources.

Mental Health Strong became a non-profit organization in February 2020.  It now offers virtual conferences, peer-led support groups, leadership summits, speaking engagements, and resources for both partners and the relationship as a whole.  Our desire is to start a movement to support marriages with mental health and addiction challenges by providing hope, resources, and support in order to de-stigmatize the mental health challenge in the relationship, lower the divorce rate among this community, and help marriages and couples thrive together despite the challenge.

Our Dream

Our Team

  • Erin Ramachandran

    Erin holds a masters degree in Health Care Administration, is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor and an award-winning author.  She has worked for over thirteen years at one of the largest non-profit health plans in the United States, and is currently a Mental Health & Wellness Program Director there.  Outside of work, Erin enjoys traveling, swimming, mentoring, watching movies, and speaking on matters pertaining to mental health, marriage, and faith.  She is passionate about helping marriages affected by mental health challenges.  She lives with her husband, Keith, in Fullerton, California.

  • Keith Ramachandran

    Keith holds masters degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy of Religion & Ethics.  He works as an IT Business Systems Analyst, and as the technology director and web designer for Mental Health Strong® (a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping marriages with mental health and addiction challenges).  Outside of work, Keith enjoys reading, traveling, watching movies, biking, and speaking on matters pertaining to philosophy, worldviews, and faith.  His battles with anxiety, depression, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder fuel his passion to help both individuals and marriages affected by mental health challenges.  He lives with his wife, Erin, in Fullerton, California.

Eight Steps to be Mental Health Strong

Make the Diagnosis clear

Help for you and your spouse

Set some Boundaries

Take time for Self-Care

Remember to Grieve

Own the Journey

Not again — Expect Relapse

Gift of Mental Health