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

Global Gratitude Group AA Gujarati Meeting. These virtual meeting are every Thursday 8pmET (New York time). Click HERE to join the meeting. Call Hiren at (732) 948-8086‬.

South Asian AA Meetings in New Jersey

What is AA – in Hindi

Desi’s In Recovery, Palo Alto (AA Meeting) Saturdays 4:00pm Pacific Time (7:00pm ET). Meeting ID: 839 89597017. Password: 164

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)


Meeting ID: 6469587618
Password: 123456

Find your local number:

Alcoholism in the Punjabi Community, a helpful resource from Sab Ke Seva


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

Maitri – 888-862-4874

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

New York
SAKHI – 212-868-6741

North Carolina
Kiran Inc

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


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.

National Resources

American Psychiatric Association – information about common mental disorders

Mental Health America – see what mental illness feels like

Local Resources

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

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)

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

Mental Health Resource Guide – Boston

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

New York
New York City Mental Health Resources


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

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.