Thursdays with NAMI: Psychiatric Nurse Educator ‘Dr. Sujaya’ Chose Mental Health after Suicide of Close Friend

7 p.m. September 15, 2022

Dr. Sujayalakshmi Devarayasamudram – “Dr. Sujaya” to friends – is known for her warm smile and homemade Indian food. Having taught college-level nursing at top schools, she has 40-plus years of teaching experience across the globe. She has always been fascinated by human behavior – both in the classroom and in society. What got her started?

“In 1978 I lost a close friend to suicide,” she said. “It was one of the reasons I took up mental health.”

Today the Assistant Professor of Nursing at North Carolina Central University is president of the Indian American Nurses Association North Carolina. The NC Association of International Educators honored her with the 2020 Outstanding Volunteer Award for promoting international affairs at NCCU. She has received many other awards as well.

Dr. Sujaya is passionate about community service in the areas of mental health, suicide prevention, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, women’s empowerment, elder care, and hunger prevention. She makes her projects enjoyable by sharing food, culture, resources, knowledge & skills. Join us to hear her story. This event is free and open to the public. Find us on Facebook Live by clicking here or

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