Previous Events

Previous Events 2017-11-10T16:38:46+00:00

SAMHIN is very involved in the South Asian community in the United States. We participate in health fairs and special events, and also host free workshops on various mental health topics.

If you would like to join us at a future event, please see the calendar of upcoming events.

2017 SAMHIN Events

SAMHIN at Lion
Health Fair New Jersey Indian Lions Club, Umiyadham Temple, Edison, NJ – September 24

The SAMHIN team of mental health providers and volunteers provided free mental and addiction screenings, fielded questions from attendees, and provided free carbon monoxide screenings for smokers.

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SAMHIN CME Lecture at NRIVA Convention 2017
CME Lecture – NRIVA Convention, Edison, NJ – September

Dr. Makhija presented a CME lecture, Mental Health in South Asians – What you Need to Know, to a packed hall of physicians at the annual NRIVA (NRI Vasavi Association) convention. The lecture was followed by an engaging Q&A session. SAMHIN thanks Dr. Satish Doddakashi for the invitation to speak at the CME program. There were other excellent presenters from different specialties. It is wonderful that mental health is included during such programs; it is a step in the right direction to provide education on mental health and fight the stigma associated with mental illness.

SAMHIN at FISANA Convention 2017
Lecture by Satishkumar Patel, MD – FISANA Convention Somerset, NJ – August 27

Dr. Satishkumar Patel, Psychiatrist on the SAMHIN team, presented a lecture on depression to a large community gathering at FISANA’s (Federation of Indo-American Seniors Associations of North America) annual event at the Ukrainian Center. Dr. Patel was one of a panel of presenters from different specialties. Dr. Tushar Patel, President of IHCNJ, coordinated and moderated the panel.

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SAMHIN at HCNJ Health Fair August 2017
SAMHIN-IHCNJ Health Fair, Durga Temple, Princeton, NJ – August 13

SAMHIN joined IHCNJ to provide free screenings for stress, mental illness, and addiction. We answered questions about mental health and medications, provided advice, and made referrals when needed. We also offered free smokerlyzer tests for smokers to check blood carbon monoxide levels and provide education about the risks of smoking and chewing tobacco. The SAMHIN team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers saw many people at the event.

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SAMHIN at IHCNJ Health Fair at Sri Venkatseshwara (Balaji) Temple
SAMHIN-IHCNJ Health Fair, Sri Venkatseshwara (Balaji) Temple, Bridgewater, NJ – June 4

SAMHIN joined IHCNJ to provide free screenings for stress, mental illness, and addiction. We answered questions about mental health and medications, provided advice, and made referrals when needed. We also offered free smokerlyzer tests for smokers to check blood carbon monoxide levels and provide education about the risks of smoking and chewing tobacco. The SAMHIN team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers saw approximately 45 people at the event.

SAMHIN at IHCNJ Health Fair May 2017
SAMHIN-IHCNJ Health Fair in NJ – May 21

SAMHIN joined IHCNJ to provide free screenings for stress, mental illness, and addiction. We answered questions about mental health and medications, provided advice, and made referrals when needed. We also offered free smokerlyzer tests for smokers to check blood carbon monoxide levels and provide education about the risks of smoking and chewing tobacco. The SAMHIN team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers saw many people at the event.

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SAMHIN at CME lecture
South Asian Conundrum: Dispelling Myths and Improving Cultural Competency CME Lecture – May 3

Dr. Makhija presented a CME lecture at RWJ Barnabas Health for physicians, nurses, social workers, and other medical staff on the South Asian conundrum: improving cultural competency. It was well attended and well received. An engaging Q&A session followed lecture.

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SAMHIN at Rutgers Medical School Panel 2017
Panel Discussion at Rutgers RWJ Medical School, Piscataway, NJ – March 16

SAMHIN thanks Megan Ruben, co-president of AAPI (Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin) at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for the invitation to the panel discussion during the Asian Heritage Week. It was a very engaging interactive discussion between Dr. Makhija and Dr. Hsu and the medical students on a broad range of mental health issues in Asians, including South Asian Americans.

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Women Leaders in Healthcare – Consulate General of India, New York City, NY – March 9

Dr. Makhija spoke to a packed audience in the beautiful auditorium of the Indian Consulate on International Women’s Day. He spoke about the changing South Asian community, mental health, and addiction problems that this community faces and the barriers and challenges to care. Dr. Makhija spoke of the role that women play in SAMHIN’s activities to address these challenges.

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India Foundation Event 2016
India Foundation of Metropolitan Princeton – December

The SAMHIN team engaged the community in a dialogue on mental health at the annual cultural program of IFMP (India Foundation of Metropolitan Princeton) at West Windsor Plainsboro High School North in Plainsboro, NJ. SAMHIN appreciates Priya Patel and Satya Indukuri’s valuable contributions at this event. Priya also made a presentation on SAMHIN’s initiatives.

Health Camp November 13 2016
Health Camp at Shree Swaminarayan Temple – November 13

SAMHIN joined IHCNJ at the free health camp in Secaucus, NJ. The SAMHIN team of mental health providers and other dedicated volunteers provided free screenings for stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, ADHD, etc.; answered questions; and provided advice and referrals when needed. We also provided free educational handouts. Over 300 individuals received services at this free event – and many were seen by the SAMHIN team. See event photos >

SAMHIN Joins BAPS Charities Annual Health Fair
SAMHIN Joins BAPS Charities Annual Health Fair – October 9

SAMHIN joined BAPS Charities to address mental health issues in the community at their free Annual Health Fair which had 250 attendees. A broad range of specialists provided free consultations, screenings, and advice. About 40 individuals came to speak with SAMHIN team of psychiatrists and mental health providers to seek advice about anxiety, depression, substance abuse, memory, and stigma. We provided free and confidential screenings and made referrals when appropriate. See event photos >

Alcoholism in South Asians - Myths and Realities
Alcoholism in South Asians: Myths and Realities Workshop – September 17

SAMHIN continued its efforts to address the problem of alcohol use in the South Asian community by conducting this free workshop. There was great turn out! Several compelling personal stories were presented with a strong message of hope. Some presenters stressed the importance of overcoming the stigma and shame associated with alcohol addiction and significant barriers to seeking help. Other presenters covered the cycle of addiction, why some people cannot stop after one drink, Alcoholics Anonymous, the medical consequences of drinking, and issues specific to youth drinking. The presentations were followed by a delicious Indian dinner. See event photos >

Health Camp at Durga Temple
Health Camp at Durga Temple – August 28

SAMHIN joined hands with Indian Health Camp of NJ (IHCNJ) at the free health camp at Durga Temple in Princeton. We thank and admire Dr. Tushar Patel, President of IHCNJ for his commitment to the mental wellness of the South Asian community. Many specialties were represented to address a variety of health issues including free EKG, dental check ups, lab tests, etc. The SAMHIN team of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other volunteers provided evaluations, advice, appropriate referrals, and educational handouts about mental illness and addiction. Our major focus was on reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. See event photos >

SAMHIN presentation Facing the Demons of Mental Illness
National Federation of Indo-American Seniors Association of North America (FISANA) Health Seminar – August 6

Dr. Makhija presented issues of identifying signs of mental illness at the FISANA event to a packed house of over a 1,000 attendees. He spoke about the prevalence and consequences of mental illness and its relationship to diabetes. Dr Makhija also addressed how the stigma and shame associated with mental illness create significant barriers to seeking professional help. Tushar Patel, MD, coordinated the health seminar for FISANA and specialists from other specialties also presented.

SAMHIN at Lions Club and Friends of Gujrat Health Camp
Lions Club and Friends of Gujrat Health Camp – July 2

SAMHIN joined hands with Lions Club and Friends of Gujrat at the Health Camp to address the mental health needs of the community. Satya Indukuri, LPC; Darshna Majumdar (social worker); Nirmal Sathaye, MD; and Vasudev Makhija, MD provided mental health screenings, advice and referrals. Dr. Shashi Sathaye served an important role in engaging those who visited our team. We provided education on mental illness, medications, alcohol and tobacco addiction, and answered questions about access to care. SAMHIN served 52 individuals at this event and thanks the entire team for a job well done. See event photos >

SAMHIN Finding Hope in Despair talk
Bergen Indian Medical Association Health Camp – June 19

SAMHIN joined Bergen Indian Medical Association to address the mental health needs of the Sikh commuinity at their free annual health camp in Bergen County, NJ. This was SAMHIN’s first mental health event at a Gurudwara since it launched over two years ago. (At a Gurudwara, everyone is required to cover the head.) SAMHIN thanks BIMA for including us to address issues of stigma, mental wellness, mental illness and addiction in the Sikh community. Dr. Makhija and Dr. Amarjot Narula, psychiatrists, provided screenings for mental illness, guidance, and education; distributed educational materials; and made referrals for treatment when needed. Drs. Makhija and Narula also stressed with many other physicians and the leadership of BIMA, the importance of addressing the issue of stigma associated with mental illness in our community and of educating their patients. We also loved the langar after the event. See event photos >

Barriers to Communication Workshop
Barriers to Communication Workshop – June 18

Doctors Sudha Wadhwani and Priti Shah, SAMHIN advisory panelists, and Dr. Makhija presented a workshop on barriers to communications in South Asian families and issues of stigma. The event included a very engaging discussion with the audience during the Q&A. The The workshop was supported and hosted by IFMP, Indian Foundation of Metropolitan Princeton. SAMHIN thanks Sanjay Phanse, President of IFMP for hosting the event and inviting the SAMHIN team to make this presentation. See event photos >

SAMHIN Finding Hope in Despair talk
Mental Illness Talk – Finding Hope in Despair – June 11

Dr. Makhija spoke on “Finding Hope in Despair” in Silver Spring, Maryland to address issues of mental illness and suicide in the South Asian community in the U.S. He was invited by Asian Indian community in Maryland. Dr. Makhija described the signs of mental illness and discussed problems of anxiety, depression, and suicide. He spoke about the risk factors and protective factors for suicide, warning signs of suicide, what to do when a loved one is suicidal and what can be done to prevent suicide. The presentation was followed by a lively and engaging hour of questions and answers. See event photos >

SAMHIN mental health screenings with IHCNJ
Mental Health Screenings at Sri Venkateswara Temple – May 1

SAMHIN joined IHCNJ to offer free screenings for stress, mental illness, and addiction. SAMHIN mental health professionals answered questions about mental health, medications, etc. and provided advice. They also made referrals when needed. SAMHIN thanks Dr. Tushar Patel, President of IHCNJ for making this event possible. See event photos >

Live Life with Ease Every Day Paths to Self Worth
Seminar & Book Launch: “Live Life with Ease-Every Day Paths to Self-Worth” by Harish Malhotra, MD – January 31

SAMHIN co-sponsored the seminar and book launch of “Live Life with Ease – Every Day Paths to Self-Worth” and gave a brief presentation about SAMHIN’s mission and activities. Dr. Salman Akhtar gave a very engaging presentation, “On the Nature of Happiness”. See event photos >

SAMHIN at Central NJ Indian Lions Club Health Camp
Health Camp in Milltown, New Jersey – October 12

SAMHIN collaborated with Central Jersey Indian Lions Club of Iselin and the New Jersey State Commission of the Blind to address the mental health needs of the South Asian community at the free health camp. At the event, SAMHN engaged and educated people about mental health, mental illness, stress, addiction, and sleep hygiene. We also provided free counseling to individuals and families and gave referrals for follow-up mental health care when needed. Additionally, arrangements were made for free psychiatric treatment for some without health insurance and financial resources.

South Asian Health Fair
South Asian Health Fair – October 5

SAMHIN joined hands with Englewood Hospital and Share and Care Foundation to provide mental health outreach at their 7th Annual South Asian Health Fair in Bergen County, New Jersey. (In photo – from left: Ketki Shah, MD, Hetal Gor, MD, Bharti Palkhiwala, MD, Vasudev Makhija, MD and Priti Shah, PhD)

SAMHIN Bridging the Gap Workshop
Bridging the Gap: Opening Communication in South Asian Communities One Conversation at a Time – June  13

Dr. Makhija and the officers of Central Jersey Indian Lions Club of Iselin, NJ lit candles in observance of World Suicide Prevention Day. Dr. Makhija presented “Bridging the Gap: Opening Communication in South Asian Communities One Conversation at a Time” at TV Asia. A very lively Q & A session and scrumptious dinner followed the presentation. SAMHIN thanks Central Jersey Indian Lions club and H.R. Shah, CEO and Chairman of TV Asia for their tremendous support and sponsorship, and for making this event possible.

SAMHIN Understanding Depression Workshop
Understanding Depression Workshop – January 28

SAMHIN hosted a free workshop on understanding depression. Dr. Makija spoke about various topics including depression signs and symptoms, treatment options, and community resources.

SAMHIN attends Health Fair at BAPS
BAPS Charities Health Fair in Robbinsville, New Jersey – November 16

The SAMHIN team participated in the 2nd annual BAPS Charities Health Fair. We created a confidential and non-judgmental environment for the participants to share their stories, concerns, and questions pertaining to mental health. Three psychiatrists, a clinical psychologist, a clinician, social worker, and a certified health coach provided guidance to participants who presented with a broad range of problems including stress, depression, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. Arrangements were made for affordable follow up mental health care to the needy. A large team of other SAMHIN volunteers helped to run a successful event. See event photos >

Central Jersey Indian Lions Club Annual Health Camp
Central Jersey Indian Lions Club Annual Health Camp – October 12

A SAMHIN team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and a social worker joined hands with the Central Jersey Indian Lions Club and SKN Foundation today to bring mental health to the annual Health Camp. Our team conducted mental health screenings and provided advice and information on mental illness and addiction.

Dr Makhija on EBC Radio AM1170
Dr. Makhija on Hearbeat Show EBC Radio (AM 1170) – May 24 and August 23

Dr. Makhija took to airwaves on EBC radio AM 1170 to address issues of mental health in the South Asian community. Dr. Makhija was interviewed by hosts Dr. Dinesh Singal (cardiologist) and Dr. Meena Murthy, endocrinologist. He presented information on mental health issues and answered questions from many callers. After the show, several individuals reached out to seek additional information and even psychiatric treatment.

Dr. Makhija thanks Drs. Singal and Murthy for arranging this interview and providing an opportunity to educate our community on mental health issues. (Photo – from left: Dr. Dinesh Singal and Meena Murthy, hosts of the Heartbeat show, and Dr. Makhija)

Suicide Risk in South Asian Community Presentation
Suicide Risk Presentation – Central Jersey Indian Lions Club – August 20

Suicide risk in the South Asian Community – presentation by Dr. Makhija at the Central Jersey Indian Lions Club of Iselin, NJ. Sai Kumar Ganagoni, J.P. Stevens, High School student and a SAMHIN volunteer presented on SAMHIN’S vision to improve the mental health of the South Asian community in the U.S. beginning with New Jersey. The event was featured in the local newspaper article. See event photos >

India Day Parade NY 2014
India Day Parade – August 17

SAMHIN took to the streets of New York City to engage the South Asian community in a dialogue on mental health during the India Day Parade. See event photos >

2014 Indian American Festival NJ
Indian American Festival – July 12

The SAMHIN team participated in the 15th annual Indian American Festival in Somerset, NJ with approximately 5,000 attendees. The team engaged the community in a dialogue on mental health to educate them about mental illness in order to decrease the stigma and shame associated with it. Many people presented questions and concerns about mental health issues, which the team addressed in confidential one-on-one meetings. Some attendees were connected to speak with other mental health experts on the SAMHIN panel to get further guidance. We also provided assistance and direction to some who were in need of psychiatric care. Attendees watched selected educational videos about mental illness and the stigma associated with it. As a result of our efforts, several individuals and families who had been suffering in silence due to a lack of information or stigma and shame went on to seek psychiatric treatment. The event was very successful! See event photos >

Edison Family Day Annual Health Fair
Edison Family Day Annual Health Fair – June 14

SAMHIN addressed mental health at the Edison Family Day Annual Health Fair. See event photos >

Dr. Makhija Gives Keynote Lecture at Rutgers University
Dr. Makhija Gives Keynote Lecture at Rutgers University – April 7

Dr. Makhija  delivered the keynote lecture – Identifying and Bridging Gaps in Mental Health Care – at Rutgers University in NJ.

SAMHIN launch at Royal Alberts Palace
SAMHIN Launch Celebration – April 5

SAMHIN, a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization, celebrates its official launch at Royal Alberts Palace in Edison, NJ. We also received a special commendation from the state of New Jersey. See news article about the event >