Not My Child: Creating Cultures of Prevention Within the Household & Beyond #MentalHealthMonday Recovery Education Session

With Nitya Sivakumar of Heal Behavioral Health

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Monday, September 18 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT

Not My Child: Creating Cultures of Prevention Within the Household & Beyond with Nitya Sivakumar of Heal Behavioral Health | A #MentalHealthMonday Recovery Education Session

In this presentation, Nitya Sivakumar of HEAL Behavioral Health will discuss how having difficult conversations and creating a supportive environment at home and beyond can help contribute to the prevention of youth mental health and addiction issues. She will share her own story of growing up as an overachiever in an immigrant household whose idea of the American dream was productivity. As a young woman, Nitya struggled with mental health and substance use until an overdose when her parents got involved, and she finally realized she needed some support. Nitya is now a certified case manager and interventionist, working closely with families and patients to help navigate resources. She hopes her story will inspire ongoing dialogue and create change.

During this engaging session of #MentalHealthMonday, Nitya will help us to understand:

  • How having uncomfortable conversations in safe spaces can perpetuate real change
  • Addiction and mental health can affect any household, any culture, any demographic, or socioeconomic class
  • 1 in 6 youth aged 6-17 experience mental illness each year
  • Mental wellness begins at home.
  • The most dangerous thing you can say is “not my child”

Join us LIVE for a Q & A session following the presentation.


Nitya Sivakumar is the co-owner of HEAL Behavioral Health and is currently completing a Master’s program in industrial organizational psychology. Her interest in trauma treatment and the recovery industry stemmed from her own experience with mental health issues and addiction. She is a firm believer that uncomfortable conversations in safe places can create change and cultures of prevention. Nitya is passionate about bringing mental health awareness and resources to Indian-American communities. 

She has worked in the behavioral health space for the last six years. Her expertise lies in branding, advertising, digital marketing, admissions, customer relationship management technologies, and her own lived experience. Nitya has been involved in HEAL since its inception, making its behavioral health treatment and resources more accessible to families and individuals around the country. 

Nitya also works as a consultant with law enforcement agencies and state and local governments to bring about systemic changes to their approaches toward mental health and substance use, and she provides training and education to create diversionary programs for individuals within the judicial system who are themselves struggling. Nitya speaks regularly in high schools, to parent and community organizations, and to school district administrations about preventative drug and alcohol interventions for adolescents.



HEAL Behavioral Health is designed to be an intimate, evidence-based treatment program that caters to both men and women who struggle with substance use or mental health. Their main objective is to treat the family as a whole, rather than just the issue itself. They guide families through every step of the treatment process as each patient progresses in their levels of care.

Their mission is to help everyone achieve life — and do it with integrity.

SHE RECOVERS® Foundation is delighted to have HEAL Behavioral Health as a presenting sponsor of our 2023 signature event, SHE RECOVERS in CHICAGO.

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When young women are supported to rise rooted in recovery, families heal and communities do too.

Help SHE RECOVERS respond to the public health issue of our time & national state of emergency — youth mental health. Your donations will enable us to provide life-saving resources & support for the next generation.

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We believe that when women heal, families heal, and communities do too.

The SHE RECOVERS Foundation Weekly #MentalHealthMonday Educational Series is composed of hour-long, live, recovery-focused educational sessions featuring today’s leaders in women’s wellness, mental health, and addiction recovery.

All #MentalHealthMonday sessions are broadcasted on Facebook and added to our Youtube Channel for future viewing.

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