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“I’m an alien sent to Earth to spread love through madness”: Val Resh

A photo of Val Resh smiling into the camera, with a wooden door behind her.

Reshma Valliappan, also known as Val Resh, runs a creative initiative called The Red Door to raise awareness on mental health, disability, sexuality and human rights.

Reshma Valliappan, also known as Val Resh is a writer, artist, activist, speaker among other things. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 22 after years of struggling with what everyone considered “angry teenage rebellion”, she is a vocal advocate for the rights of those who are diagnosed with mental health issues. She runs a creative initiative called The Red Door to raise awareness on mental health, disability, sexuality and human rights. She released her autobiography ‘Fallen, Standing: My Life as a Schizophrenist’, a powerful memoir of her journey to diagnosis, in February 2015. She is also an Ashoka and INK Fellow.

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Japleen Pasricha

Feminist. Activist. Founder of Feminism In India.com. Writer. Educator. Traveler. Not particularly in that order.

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