Mission: To bring hope, resources, and support to marriages with mental health and addiction challenges.
Vision: To help marriages around the world with mental health and addiction challenges identify and serve in their unique calling as a couple-for-Christ.
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.
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 holds masters degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy of Religion & Ethics. He works as the technology director and web designer for a California-based nonprofit organization (Mental Health Strong®). 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 (OCD) fuel his passion to help both individuals and marriages affected by mental health challenges. He lives with his wife, Erin, in Fullerton, California.
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 leverages more than fifty resources that have worked for Erin as she lives with the realities of her husband’s mental illness day in and day out. Erin shares steps, which include prayers and Bible verses, that spouses can adopt to walk resiliently alongside their partners against the backdrop of mental health or addiction challenges.
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