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.

Can your drinking habits affect your health? Find out at Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol and your Health

Alcoholism and AA- A Personal story

AA Meetings for South Asians

South Asian AA Meetings in New Jersey

What is AA – in Hindi

Desi’s In Recovery, Palo Alto (AA Meeting) Saturdays 4PM Pacific Time. Meeting ID: 933 1894 2535. Password: 501208

Dial by your location  for Desi’s in Recovery: 

        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

        +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)

Books

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

Article  – Domestic Violence – When you feel trapped

Podcast Series on Domestic Violence (click title of each video to listen):

Episode 1: Prevalence and Impact

National Resources

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

National Domestic Violence Hotline is available around the clock in more than 200 languages: call 1-800-799-SAFE, chat with an advocate, or text LOVEIS to 22522

Local Resources

California
Maitri – 888-862-4874

Massachusetts
Saheli is here to offer non-judgmental culturally sensitive domestic violence services for South Asian women and families in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Nepali and Arabic

New Jersey

Domestic Violence Programs in each NJ county

Women Rising – 201-333-5700

Morristown Agency for Domestic Violence

Link to DV Coalition in Trenton NJ
Manavi – 732-435-1414 or manavi@manavi.org

New York
SAKHI – 212-868-6741

North Carolina
Kiran Inc

Texas
Daya – 713-981-7645

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

Articles

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

Bereavement and Final Samskara in Hindu TraditionFree eBook
Download this free ebook by Sri Dhira Chaitanyaji
Bereavement and Final Samskara in Hindu Tradition

 

 

 

“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.

LGBTQ+ video series – Opening Doors

Is a Loved One Gay?

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

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

National Resources

American Psychiatric Association – information about common mental disorders

Mental Health America – see what mental illness feels like

Local Resources

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

Illinois
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)

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

Massachusetts
Mental Health Resource Guide – Boston

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

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

Wafa House – Counseling, crisis intervention, legal and social services for victims of violence

Articles

Are Indians in the U.S. more successful than Indians in India?

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

Light at the End of the Tunnel – Depression and Suicide

Marijuana – Healing or Damaging

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 suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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

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

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 naminj.org or download a flyer. Contact: samhaj@naminj.org 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.