See how SAMHIN’s programs are making a difference in the South Asian community in the United States.
Many people of South Asian origin now living in the US, whether from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or those whose forefathers are of South Asian origin and have settled over several generations in countries like Guyana, Trinidad, Malaysia, South Africa, etc. all come from cultures who tend to downplay and dismiss the importance of medical help for those suffering from mental illness. Even when the family of the person with mental illness decides to get medical help they find that having an organization of doctors, therapists, etc. who are attuned to the sensitivities of their cultural background make it possible for the patient to seek and accept medical assistance.
It would be great for other South Asians to have access to an organization of physicians and medical and mental health professionals (SAMHIN) who would understand the specific social/cultural needs of the South Asian community especially with emphasis on mental illness.
Having a therapist of South Asian origin made me feel comfortable. He was able to understand my emotions based on my culture and provide me with the support I was looking for. Just having someone in the medical field to talk to who understood the intricacies of my cultural background was immensely helpful. It would be even more useful to all South Asians suffering from mental health issues to have access to a South Asian organization which provides a ready and updated source of mental health providers and resources who would have greater empathy and understanding.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for bringing together your unique experiences at the “Bridging the Gap” workshop and creating a very interactive workshop for the benefit of the community. The workshop was very well conducted and was very well received by all of the attendees. There was a lot of positive feedback.
The work has just begun and I hope we can work together to get more people’s attention on the topic of mental health within our Indian community and help remove the stigma associated with it. I salute your efforts towards that cause and hope to work with you all soon again.
Thanks for such wonderful organization – it has helped me a lot. And special thanks to Dr. Makhija and Paru Patel for their wonderful and generous talent and time. Thanks so much for all your help to the community – you folks are just wonderful.
May the South Asian Mental Health Initiative and Network achieve abundant success for many years for come. May this worthy organization touch the lives of many people in profound ways.