For Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month, we wanted to highlight the South Asian Sexual and Mental Health Alliance (SASMHA) today. The organization was developed to specifically provide resources and fight the cultural stigma that South Asian youths (who also referred to themselves as “desis”) face when it comes to various topics, including mental health.
The website has several features for young South Asians to explore, such as a podcast and workshops that they (or anyone!) may want to implement in their community spaces. Another feature includes several candid stories from South Asian youths about their mental health, from topics such as coping with COVID, eating disorders, and recovering from trauma. They also have compiled an extensive list of South Asian-specific mental health resources at both a national and local level.
Check out the website here!
Do you identify as South Asian? What stigmas do you face in your life about mental health and any other topics? How does this affect you?