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This group offers a place of connection and safety. Let’s come together, share what you’ve been going through, and receive support without judgement. This is not an information session about the pandemic. Open to all SFU students.
What is South Asian Diaspora Community Healing Space?
South Asian Diaspora Community Healing Space is a support group for students who have cultural or personal ties to South Asia. The goal of the group is to provide a healing space for students who have cultural or personal ties to South Asia to connect with others and offer peer-to-peer support facilitated by HCS staff. Any students who self-identify as South Asian, have lived in South Asia, have family in South Asia, or have cultural ties or roots to South Asia are welcome.
Summer 2021 Schedule
|May 26||7:00pm PST||Coping with the Impact of COVID-19 and Temporary Travel Restrictions|
|June 3||8:00am PST||Supporting Your Community & Building a Sense of Belonging|
|June 8||7:30pm PST||Embracing Your Identities|
|June 16||8:30am PST||Cultural Perspectives on Mental Health|
Note: Topics discussed within these sessions can activate a person’s emotional responses and you may feel grief, pain, anger, or sadness. If you find yourself in this position, we invite you to book an appointment with a counsellor or case manager with Health and Counselling Services by calling (778) 782-4615. SFU & FIC students can also access 24/7 counselling support through the My SSP app in multiple languages or over the phone by calling 1.844.451.9700 (Outside North America, dial 001.416.380.6578).
How does it work?
Each week, we will be discussing different topics relevant to the South Asian diaspora such as current economic challenges, COVID-19, temporary travel restrictions, Farmers protest, gender-based violence, family pressures, discrimination, mental health and cultural stigma, and self-care and coping strategies.
If you have any questions, please contact Jash at email@example.com.
These drop-in sessions provide a safe, intimate space for sharing and learning. Please know that these sessions will not be recorded, and we will maintain confidentiality of all attendees. We ask that you do the same and honor the confidentiality of those in your session.
Where does this take place?
Sessions will be over Zoom.
How do I join?
Please register by clicking below and registering through Eventbrite.
About the Facilitators
Harp is a Registered Social Worker and a graduate from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Social Work. She is passionate about creating a society based on equity, social harmony, mutual respect and human dignity; while addressing racial discrimination. She has several years of experience in the field of social work and health care and joined the Health & Counselling Team at SFU in 2019. As an Access Case Manager, Harp works closely with you to understand your individual needs so she can connect you with helpful and valuable resources. She wishes to ensure students are seen, heard and valued.
Sabdanaa is a Health Promotion Strategist who recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Public Health and a specialization in Community Development and Global Health. She is a Sri Lankan Tamil Canadian who has experience working in Health Promotion developing, implementing, and evaluating well-being programs for equity-deserving communities. Sabdanaa is passionate about supporting the mental health and well-being of equity-deserving students.
Jashanpreet (Jash) Hans
Jash is a 4th year Psychology student at SFU working as a Special Projects Assistant with the SFU Health Promotion team. She is an Indian Punjabi Canadian and has experience running group community programming such as SFU’s Meet, Greet, and Eat sessions. Jash is passionate about representation and creating inclusive environments that promote the well-being of all students.
Aleisha is a second generation Indian-Canadian. She is a SFU Health Peer Educator and a soon-to-be SFU alumna with a major in Health Sciences and minor in Kinesiology and certificate in Health Ethics. As a Health Peer Educator, she co-founded Chai Chats, a virtual peer support space for International students to connect and discuss topics related to health. Aleisha is passionate about mental health advocacy and issues related to social justice, especially gender and racial equity.
- DIVERSEcity, a non-profit community resource society in Surrey, has a good page of COVID-19 resources, plus has counselling sessions via phone available to Fraser Health residents in multiple languages, including Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, and others.
- Moving Forward Family Services in Surrey is offering free emotional support by phone in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu and low-cost counselling by calling or texting 778-321-3054, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or filling in this application form.
- The Roshni Clinic offers culturally safe mental health, alcohol and drug use counselling and program support and has virtual appointments available by phone or online.
- The NISA Helpline has a toll-free counselling service and support line for Muslim women. They offer free online webinars and resources in dealing with stress and anxiety during this time. Also, can be reached via phone at 1-888-315-6472 or email email@example.com.
- MOSAIC, a non-profit in Surrey, offers culturally safe outreach emergency support for women experiencing sexual or gender-based violence by calling 236-521-7080 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- International Student Support is available through the Vedic Hindu Cultural Society. They are running a new immigrant and student helpline at 604-618-5114 and 604-543-9442. One Voice Canada also offers an international student helpline at 1-833-316-6423.
- General virtual mental health supports are available through the BC government, which has listings of a variety of psychological services. The new BC COVID-19 Mental Health Network is also offering free short-term one on one counselling for people struggling with COVID-19 related impacts. Email email@example.com.
- The Fraser Health Crisis Line is also available 24/7 to address COVID-19 related anxiety, depression and other mental health issues at 1-877-820-7444.
- South Asian Counsellors in B.C.