Life Coach, Facilitator, Author
Nandini Murali, PhD; is a person with diverse professional interests and engagements. She is an author, columnist, independent researcher in Indic Studies, certified life coach, mental health promotion and suicide prevention activist, and a communications and gender and diversity professional. She compiled, translated and edited the world’s first signature edition of the Bhagavad Gita.
Her areas of professional interests include LGBTQIA+ issues, mental health, resilience and well-being, trauma literacy and education, suicide prevention and postvention interventions for survivors of suicide loss, sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), gender, masculinities, and gender-based violence (GBV). She has developed a set of 12 life skills module for LGBTQIA+ youth and affirmative approaches to counselling LGBTQIA+ clients: A resource manual for counsellors.
Her lived experience of suicide loss, inspired her to establish SPEAK, an initiative of MS Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation, Madurai, to change conversations on suicide and promote mental health. An ardent advocate of building and fostering resilience, she, and Kate Keisel, US-based trauma therapist, have launched Bounce Forward, a cross cultural coalition led by individuals with lived experiences that works towards a radical global change in healing of trauma and fostering of resilience.
Passionate about wildlife photography, she likes nothing better than wandering through the forests with her camera. Eager to share her love for the wild with young people, she initiated Voices of the Wild, a group of Madurai-based school children, who discover nature and conservation through wild life photography.