Intro to SAMHAA

Mental health is important to all our lives but unfortunately there remains a lot of stigma and ignorance around many mental illnesses. As a result, many people are unable to get the help or support they need, and lose out on relationships, jobs, and, literally, “peace of mind” of living a fulfilled and joyful life. South Asian Mental Health Alliance (SAMHAA), founded in 2010, is a non-profit community network engaging, educating and mobilizing the South Asian community around issues related to mental health.

Video credits:
Jacquile Kambo – video editing & script
Hina Ali – narrator
Kashif Pasta – 2011 conference footage
Jenni Rempel – 2014 conference footage

South Asian Mental Health & Wellness Community Forum

Are you interested in tips and tools on how to stay happy and healthy?

Are you looking for a place to learn about mental health and wellness?

Are you seeking support, guidance, or community connection to talk about mental illness?

Join us for:
South Asian Mental Health Community Forum 2014
North America’s foremost event on South Asian mental health, wellness & illness.

Saturday May 24th and Sunday May 25th
10am to 3:15pm both days (Doors open at 9am)

REGISTER TODAY:

Featuring:
Workshops on wellness:
– Meditation and Mindfulness
– Yoga
– Myths & Medication
– Counselling & Therapy
– Nutrition & Exercise

Presentations on the most prevalent mental illnesses:
– Depression & Bipolar Disorder
– Anxiety Disorder
– Substance Use / Addiction / Alcoholism
– ADHD
– and more

Resources and information in English, Punjabi, Hindi & Urdu!

FREE event, open to the whole family!

Lunch and refreshments provided!

Location: Princess Margaret Secondary School
12870 72nd Ave, Surrey, BC

Main Sponsor: Vancouver Fraserview Rotary Club

Media Sponsors: RedFM and OMNI TV

SAMHAA Interview on The Harpreet Singh Show

Please view & share this interview from the Harpreet Singh Show on Joytv

In this interview:
– What are unique issues faced by the South Asian community in accessing mental health support?
– What resources are available in the South Asian community for mental health?
– What is happening at the South Asian Mental Health & Wellness Community Forum on May 24 & 25?
– What kind of work does SAMHAA do?
– How can people get involved / get in touch with SAMHAA?

REGISTER TODAY for the South Asian Mental Health & Wellness Community Forum at http://samhaa.org

FREE admission, FREE lunch & refreshments. Open to everyone. Workshops & lectures in English & Punjabi.

Thank you to The Harpreet Singh Show:
https://www.youtube.com/user/harpreetsinghshow
https://www.facebook.com/HarpreetSinghShow

SAMHAA Multimedia Project

A part of SAMHAA’s mandate is to raise awareness and inspire action around mental health in the South Asian community. A major tool to engage in this effort is electronic media, specifically videos. The Vancouver Fraserview Rotary Club has generously contributed to SAMHAA’s mission with a grant to develop a video-based mental health awareness campaign.

We will be creating videos in which professionals, community leaders, and families affected by mental illness will share information and insights. The video subjects will include general mental health, community mental health, depression, anxiety and substance abuse.

We are seeking your help in the following ways:
1) Donation of a venue (board room or office space) to conduct video recordings.
2) Mental health professionals and community leaders willing to speak on video.
3) Adults, parents, teachers, youth willing to speak on video about mental health (some conditions may apply).
4) Financial or in-kind donations of materials that may be necessary (please contact for details).
5) Volunteers willing to offer their time and expertise to help in the development and promotion of the videos (please inform us of your skills & interests).

If you are interested in being a part of this groundbreaking project, please send your name, phone number and personal introduction to info@samhaa.org.

The project is taking place in Vancouver & Surrey, BC but there are many ways for individuals from anywhere to contribute.

Please share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. and kindly forward this info to anyone who may be interested.

South Asian Youth Mental Health Forum

In partnership with Surrey Schools, SAMHAA (South Asian Mental Health Alliance) invites you to an evening of inspiration, dialogue, and learning.

Agenda:
– Introductory Keynote by a Mental Health Professional
In this talk you will have the opportunity to learn about youth-related issues, and how peers, teachers and parents can support individuals with mental health challenges.
– Breakout Session
This group session will be lead by SAMHAA’s very own Youth Ambassador Team, with support from SAMHAA volunteers, to help you gain a more in-depth understanding of a specific mental illness.
– Panel Discussion
You will have the opportunity to hear personal stories from individuals who have overcome challenges with mental illness, ask them questions, and share your own insights.

All youth, as well as parents and teachers, are invited to attend to attend our first South Asian Youth Mental Health Forum.

5:30-8:30pm on Wednesday, June 12th
at Tamanawis Secondary School, Surrey.

The event is geared towards youth aged 13 through 24, but everyone is welcome to attend, free of charge. Refreshments will be provided.

PLEASE RSVP by registering here, or by emailing info@samhaa.org

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SAMHAA Holds Annual Workshop at GNSG

Today we held our first seminar of 2012! It was at Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara facilitated by Dr. Gulzar Cheema, and we also had an information stall with reading materials with info on mental health & wellness. Thanks to all those who came out to volunteer and participate! SAMHAA will be hosting three more seminars this year — in a local mandir, mosque and church. Check out some photos below! If you are unable to view the photos, please disable “Adblock” extension, or visit the photo gallery here.

at Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara with Dr. Gulzar Cheema

Posted by South Asian Mental Health on Sunday, March 18, 2012

Thank you!

 

The 2011 South Asian Community Conference was an outstanding success! Hundreds of people from all walks of life filled the Queen Elizabeth Secondary School gymnaniums for engaging and informative workshops on mental health issues. A group of 12 coordinators, 10 speakers and 90 volunteers worked to bring the message of hope and inspiration to the community and many left with a newfound confidence in talking about mental illness and helping others in their lives. Photos, videos and press release will go up soon!

SAMHAA would like to recognize the generous contributions of:

Speakers:
Dr. Shimi Kang, Dr. Gulzar Cheema, Dr. Jas Bhopal, Ms. Arvinder Grewal, Dr. Rajpal Singh, Dr. HaFeez Mian, Dr. Poonam Tangri, Dr. Nirmal Kang, Dr. Arvind Kang, Dr. Suman Kollipara, Ms. Babeeta Chhabra & Dr. Raminder Pal Singh Kang.

Exhibitors:
CMHA Simon Fraser, Bounce Back Program, Sources Community Resource Centres, MOSAIC, DIVERSEcity, PICS, Options BC, Realistic Recovery Success Society, Richmond Addictions, F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health, and Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.

Sponsors:
BC Mental Health Foundation, Rotary Club of Vancouver-Fraserview, Source Community Resource Centres, Surrey Schools (SD36), Radio Shere-E-Punjab 1550AM, OMNI TV, Gateway Pizza & Catering, Rightaway Party and Tent Rentals, Goldmine Insurance, Verka Foods, Gagan Foods, and Sabzi Mandi.

Supporters:
Minister Michael de Jong, MLA Jagrup Brar, MP Jasbir Sandhu, Peter LeBlanc, Merlin Chatwin, and Karen Sekhon.

Special Thanks to all of our loyal volunteers – may you create the footsteps in which others will follow; may you lead the way to a
better tomorrow; and may you enjoy peace and prosperity while making the world a better place.