Celebrating Shiv with Shilpa Kulkarni

Celebrating Shiv with Shilpa Kulkarni
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| 1 September 2023

Trigger warningThis episode mentions suicide. Please find a list of helpline numbers here with the Suicide Prevention Helpline Directory (India).

In this new episode of the MyndStories Minis, Smitha Murthy talks to Shilpa Kulkarni, the founder of Shiv’s Third Eye, a non-profit in the US dedicated to the cause of youth mental health.

Shilpa is an active mental health and LGBTQI+ advocate. She tragically lost her son, Shiv, when he died by suicide at 14. This conversation is specially curated for World Suicide Prevention Day which falls on 10th September.

We did not want to go into great detail on how or why Shiv died. What we want to celebrate is that for 14 years, Shiv gave a lot of joy. We would like to celebrate life, even in loss. Especially with loss.

+Quote from the conversation

“Don’t think that just because your child looks perfect, everything is fine and they don’t need anything.”

We talk about

  • Building resilience
  • Why mental health should start young
  • Mental health advocacy
  • Parenting
  • Living with regrets

Shilpa’s bio

Shilpa Kulkarni is the mother of two beautiful children, Shiv and Saanvi. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Vishwas, and their dog, Benji.

Connect with Shilpa


You can connect with the work that she is doing with Shiv’s Third Eye here:


Shiv’s Third Eye is a non-profit foundation with the mission of “Building resilience and better mental health in adolescents and their surrounding communities through education, awareness, and sponsoring research for the diagnosis and treatment modalities of adolescent mental health.”

You can also learn more about Shiv here:

The life and death of a ‘perfect human’

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