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
Articles and Guides
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
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.
Buddies of New Jersey support groups in Essex and Bergen counties
Hyacinth AIDS Foundation or 732-246-0204
New Jersey AIDS Hotline: 1-800-624-2377
Bollywood movies on HIV
Prarambha by Santosh Sivan (no audio due to copyright)
Desi LGBTQ helpline for South Asians – 908-367-3374
The Trevor Project suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth – 866-488-7386
PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) – resources for Asian and Pacific Islander families
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)
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
Suicide prevention, awareness, support resources, and support groups in New Jersey
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center Survivor Resources
- New Jersey Suicide Support Groups
- Suicide Aftercare Association New Jersey Support Groups
- Survivors of Suicide Support Group South Madison, NJ
- Surviving Your Child’s Suicide
- Grief Speaks: Suicide Survivors Support Groups in New York and New Jersey
Articles and Stories
The Story of Kevin – a story of depression and suicide
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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.