mental health resources

A large part of SAMHIN’s mission is to educate the South Asian community about mental health and wellness. We have compiled various resources to illustrate the significance and importance of understanding mental health and wellness. We are consistently expanding our resources and encourage you to share this knowledge with your loved ones.


The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD: An 8-Step Program for Strengthening Attention, Managing Emotions, and Achieving Your Goals by Lidia Zylowska (excellent book with very specific and very practical guidance on how to practice various mindfulness-based meditations. The comments are customized for persons with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, though the practices are suitable for anyone.)

ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau

The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents by Nancy Ratey

Taking Charge of Adult ADHD by Russell Barkley

More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD by Ari Tuckman

Anti-Violence Project offers a 24-hour English/Spanish hotline for L.G.B.T.Q.+ experiencing abuse or hate-based violence: call 212-714-1141

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available around the clock and in more than 200 languages: call 1-800-799-SAFE or chat with their advocates here or text LOVEIS to 22522.

Article – Domestic Violence – When you feel trapped

Drug information portal – U.S. National Institutes of Health

Behavioral health treatment services locator or 800-662-HELP (4357)

Legal interventions to reduce overdose mortality – Good Samaritan laws

Naloxone – potentially life-saving medication for opioid overdose

Prevent Opioid Use Disorder – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rx awareness campaign


Jonathan’s story – No Family is Safe from this Epidemic

Signs and symptoms of someone with a drug use problem

What is addiction?

Opioid epidemic: five deaths an hour

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“Coping with Death: A Spiritual Perspective” with Shri Dhira Chaitanyaji
The video series deals with the role that spirituality plays when dealing with the loss lot a loved one through various faiths (Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, etc.). It also sheds light on the complex rituals surrounding the time of death.


Gay and Lesbian Medical Association medical provider directory

Desi LGBTQ helpline for South Asians – 908-367-3374

The Trevor Project suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth – 866-488-7386

Hindu American Foundation

National LGBT Health Education Center

PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) – resources for Asian and Pacific Islander families

Bollywood films
Hansal Mehta’s 2016 film Aligarh is considered to be one of the most mature portrayal of the community. It is a story of the AMU professor, played by Manoj Vajpayee.

My Brother Nikhil

American Psychiatric Association – information about common mental disorders

Mental Health America – see what mental illness feels like

Manavi – Culturally specific support services, counseling, legal aid, transitional housing, and other services for South Asian women victims of violence (New Jersey)

Sanjeevani – Free support and counselling for mental health concerns or domestic abuse; available 24×7 for men, women, youth, and seniors by phone, email, or in person; services are also available in several South Asian languages (Chicago)

South Asian Network – Health and well-being resources, civic engagement, violence prevention and intervention (southern California)

South Asian Womens Association (SAWA) – Advocacy for South Asian women (Lansing, Michigan)

Wafa House – Counseling, crisis intervention, legal and social services for victims of violence (New Jersey)

Pro Bono Counseling Project – Free therapy for families, couples, and individuals (Maryland)


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I need a drink. Do you? How much is too much?

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Cool May Not be Cool: The forces of peer pressure

Tips to help quit smoking – stop smoking guide or call 800-QUIT-NOW

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: call 800-273-TALK (8255) or go to

2nd Floor New Jersey – 24/7 confidential help for youth and young adults: call 888-222-2228 or go to

New Jersey Department of Children and Families: call the hotline 855-654-6735 or go to

Speaking of Suicide – Resources

Suicide prevention, awareness, support resources, and support groups in New Jersey

Articles and Stories

The Story of Kevin – a story of depression and suicide

Suicide: why people take away their own lives

SAMHAJ Self Help Groups for South Asian Families in Central New Jersey and Parsippany

SAMHAJ offers monthly peer led support groups for individuals with mental health disorders and their family members. Community members find understanding, emotional support, and education in a warm and friendly environment.
See details at or download a flyer. Contact: or 732-940-0991.

  • SAMHAJ Central Jersey Support Group:  First Thursday of the month 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM at SNAMI NJ – 1562 Route 130, North Brunswick, NJ 08902
  • SAMHAJ North Jersey Support Group:  First Sunday of the month 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library System – 449 Halsey Rd, Parsippany, NJ 07054
  • For peers with lived experience of mental illness:  Third Wednesday of the month 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM at SAMHAJ NJ – 1562 Route 130, North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Jana Raksha Community Care Program for the Hindu Community at the Arsha Bodha Center – New Jersey

The Jana Raksha Community Care Program offers help to members of the Hindu community in central New Jersey who are coping with physical or emotional distress caused by illness, life events, or family situations. Trained caregivers can provide one-on-one support and referrals to community-based services. For more information, visit the Jana Raksha website or call 732-690-9593.