New video! Please go to our YouTube channel to watch this talk, in which Vishal courageously shares his personal story of suffering from depression and anxiety, surviving thoughts of suicide, dealing with the stigma around mental health, and building a tool-kit for recovery and on going health maintenance. This moving talk was given at SAMHAA (South Asian Mental Health Alliance) Community Summit in Surrey, BC, Canada.
Video link: https://youtu.be/7-Z4t4770Jw
Shoutout to mental health ambassador Vishal for the inspirational message and for his ongoing support of SAMHAA, and@jacquilekambo for the final editing. We are honoured to have Jacquile, a talented young film maker, on the team. This video and many of those to be published were filmed by our friend Jenni Rempel who passed away last year and we dedicate them in her memory. 💙
One of our goals for this year is to publish all of the great content from our conferences, workshops, and from the amazing mental health advocates in the South Asian community.Â
Check out the first of these videos on our YouTube channel: Karen Aujla sharing her personal experience with Bipolar Disorder at the South Asian Mental Health Alliance Community Summit in Surrey, BC. https://youtu.be/G8pVRbpyV88 (link also in our bio). Shoutout to mental health ambassadorÂ @26kareÂ for the inspirational message and for her ongoing support of SAMHAA, and@jacquilekamboÂ for the final editing. We are honoured to have Jacquile, a talented young film maker, on the team. This video and many of those to be published were filmed by our friend Jenni Rempel who passed away last year and we dedicate them in her memory. 💙
Thank you Prime Asia TV for inviting SAMHAA director Kulpreet Singh to speak onÂ #mentalhealthÂ in theÂ #southasiancommunity. To view the full interview, check out Prime Asia TV’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.Â Look out for many more interviews, podcasts, workshops, and talks in the future.Â Passionate about mental health advocacy and interested in joining our team? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all the organizing volunteers, speakers, agencies and attendees of the “Struggles of Youth” mental health forum last night in Abbotsford, discussing the link between mental health and gang violence. Together, we can fight stigma, create awareness and prevent youth in our communities from going down a destructive path.
Gurdwara Sahib Kalgidhar Darbar Community Awareness Team Abbotsford Community Services
Kulpreet Singh, South Asian Mental Health Alliance
Sgt. Jag Khosa, Gang Intervention officer for Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, Organized Crime Agency of BC
Navneet K Bains, Counsellor, Moving Forward Family Services
After finishing training workshops over two years in the “Strength in Unity” study to combat mental health stigma amongst Asian men, participants engaged in the following activities, in order of frequency: Â· Community building and engagement (775) Â· Self care (709) Â· Community advocacy (671) Â· Knowledge seeking (664) Â· Enhanced relationships and social networks (524) Â· Personal advocacy (250) Â· Policy advocacy (4)
What are your takeaways from this? Do any of the numbers surprise, encourage or concern you?
Strength in Unity is a community-based research project to build capacity among youth and men from Asian Communities in Canada, and mobilize them to become Community Mental Health Ambassadors. They will raise awareness about mental illness, available supports and services and encourage communities to take up anti-stigma initiatives. The study was funded by Movember Foundation and SFU Faculty of Health Sciences.
Today, the results of the study are being presented at the Men’s Mental Health Summit in downtown Vancouver. Sukhdeep Jassar, former chair of SAMHAA’s board of directors, was also a past member of the Vancouver site research team. For more information about the study, please visit www.strength-in-unity.com
Check us out in the January/February 2017 issue of Desi Today Magazine, in which we talk about mental health #advocacy in the South Asian community and how to combat stigma through education.