Please note: In order to make the event accessible to everyone, all tickets are free. SAMHAA is a non-profit volunteer-run initiative. We welcome and appreciate any donations (optional) to help us cover expenses and invest in future projects (pay what you can). Complimentary lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required.
The inaugural South Asian Mental Health Community Conference, hosted by South Asian Mental Health Action and Awareness (SAMHAA) Society, will be the first event of its kind, bringing together multidisciplinary professionals, agencies, and community members. The event aims to reduce stigma and misconceptions around mental health issues, and facilitate education and discussion within the community.
SAMHAA, meaning “time & circumstances” in Punjabi & Hindi, is a BC non-profit society founded in January, 2011 to build bridges between those affected by mental health issues, advocates, and resource providers through ongoing outreach, advocacy, education and discourse. “Mental illness affects 1 in 4 people worldwide regardless of culture or country,” explains Dr. Shimi Kang, the first keynote speaker at the event. “South Asian specific cultural issues can impact the presentation, course, and management of illness for affected individuals and their families. SAMHAA’s efforts will provide much needed awareness and key information about mental health and wellbeing for South Asians within their own cultural context.” Workshops on various topics will take place throughout the day in English, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi by leading South Asian mental health professionals, concluding with an afternoon keynote by Dr. Gulzar Cheema.
The event is hosted in partnership with The BC Mental Health Foundation, Surrey School District and Sources Community Resource Centre Society, and will feature information tables from over 15 local agencies.
Location: Queen Elizabeth Secondary School, 9457 King George Blvd, Surrey, V3V 5W4
9:00am - Doors Open (Tea, Registration)
10:00am - Welcome & Opening Keynote (Dr. Shimi Kang)
11:00am - Main Session: Depression (Dr. Rajpal Singh)
12:00pm - Breakout Sessions:
- ADHD (Dr. HaFeez Mian)
1:00pm - Complimentary Lunch and Exhibition
2:00pm - Main Session: Substance Abuse (Dr. Kala Singh & Arvinder Grewal)
3:00pm - Breakout Sessions:
- Anxiety Disorder (Dr. Poonam Tangri)
4:00pm - Closing Keynote (Dr. Gulzar Cheema)
4:30pm - Open Floor Q&A and Exhibition
South Asian Mental Health Action & Awareness (SAMHAA) is a new non-profit community network engaging, educating and mobilizing the South Asian community around issues related to mental health. As the first organization of its kind in Canada, SAMHAA’s mission is to create awareness, foster acceptance, provide links to support and resources, as well as empower all affected by mental illness. SAMHAA’s vision is a society where health and wellness of the mind, body and spirit are recognized equally, without stigma or stereotypes.
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