Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources 2017-10-28T17:19:00+00:00

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.


General Mental Health

What is Psychotherapy – in multiple languages:

  • What is Psychotherapy – English
  • What is Psychotherapy – Hindi
  • What is Psychotherapy – Tamil
  • What is Psychotherapy – Telugu
  • What is Psychotherapy – Marathi

    American Psychiatric Association – information about common mental disorders

    Mental Health America – see what mental illness feels like


    Mental Health Services

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

    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)


    Personal Stories of Mental Illness and Hope

    The Story of Kevin – a story of depression and suicide


    Support Groups

    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.

    Sharadhans Caregiver Support Group for South Asians – New Jersey

    Caring for a loved one who is physically or mentally sick can be exhausting physically and emotionally. It can result in caregiver burnout and emotional distress. This free monthly support group on the fourth Saturday of the month is for the family and friends who are caring for a loved one.

    Location: The First Presbyterian Church of Iselin: 1295 Oak Tree Road, Iselin, NJ 08820
    Facilitator: Utpal Megha (fluent in English, Gujarati, and Hindi)
    Contact: 732-910-0647 or

    It is advisable to call Utpal before attending the group. Utpal is also willing and available to provide remote support by phone or in person for those who are unable to attend meetings.


    Suicide Prevention and Survivor Resources

    Article – Suicide: why people take away their own lives

    National Suicide Prevention Hotline: call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit the website

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



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

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

    California Bay Area South Asian AA Meetings – see details

    Free South Asian AA Meetings in New Jersey – see details


    Stop Smoking

    Get tips to help quit smoking: call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit the website


    Coping with Grief and Death

    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.