The surge of Covid-19 infections and deaths ravaging India has caused mass devastation across the country that is being felt worldwide. The current crisis has only exacerbated the innate mental stigma among Indians, and the wider Indian community worldwide.
While those in India are experiencing loss, grief, anger and so much more first-hand during this crisis, the Indian diaspora are struggling to cope with the disorienting and often guilt-inducing trauma their native country is experiencing and losing loved ones, while continuing business as usual.
Acknowledging this crisis and the experience of both those in India and the Indian diaspora is a vital action for every workplace. Mind Share Partners has compiled a list of culturally competent resources to support this community, and resources for workplaces and allies to better support their teams and colleagues.
I. Mental Health Organizations And Resources For Indian Professionals And Those In The Diaspora
Organizations for those based in the U.S.
[Organization] South Asian Therapists Home of the largest global community of South Asian therapists, including therapists of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Afghani and Nepali heritage. Here you can find culturally competent South Asian mental health professionals to help you get the support you’re looking for.
[Organization] Asian Mental Health Collective It is the mission of the Asian Mental Health Collective to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community.
[Podcast] The Desi Condition A podcast centered on mental wellness and Desi culture.
[Organization] Asian American Health Initiative The mission of the Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI), part of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, is to improve the health and wellness of Asian American communities in Montgomery County by applying equity, community engagement, and data-driven approaches.
[Organization] Mental Health Talks India An online mental health advocacy platform based in India that creates content around various mental health-related issues, ranging from everyday life struggles to the larger questions around mental health and structural problems.
[Podcast] MannMukti Stories of Stigma: South Asian Mental Health "With our MannMukti podcast series, we aim to connect our listeners with mental health professionals as well as those with lived experience of mental illness."
[Organization] SASMHA SASMHA is a community for South Asian youth across the diaspora who need a space to dialogue and learn about issues key to who they are.