SAMHAJ (South Asian)

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provides support, education and advocacy for South Asians affected by serious mental illness. South Asians of Asian Indian and Pakistani origin, as well as those from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives are welcome to seek support and information from SAMHAJ.

SAMHAJ provides:
• Support for families and individuals affected by mental illness through support groups, and referrals to bilingual and culturally competent mental health services. We offer a supportive environment to help you and your family to learn to navigate the often complicated mental health system. Our South Asian staff and volunteers speak Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Gujarati, Konkani, and Marathi.

•Professional guest speakers are invited to speak at educational workshops and lectures on issues that are important to your family’s journey towards recovery. Workshops cover subjects such as psychiatric medication, social security disability, rehabilitation and vocational training, coping with caregiver stress and anxiety, children’s mental health and many more topics.

• Workshops for mental health providers, other social service agencies and schools seeking to learn more about the rapidly growing South Asian community in New Jersey in order to provide culturally competent services.

• Volunteer opportunities for people interested in giving back to the community through service. Contact samhaj@naminj.org for more information.

SAMHAJ Provider Referral List
SAMHAJ has compiled referral lists of bilingual mental health providers in order to benefit South Asian families and individuals seeking bilingual services. This referral list is made available to consumer, families and providers free of cost. Please note that NAMI NJ and its SAMHAJ program do not recommend or guarantee services from any provider or facility on the referral list.

Professional Advisory Group
Mental health providers seeking to promote awareness, increase cultural competence, promote networking and dialogue.

 

SAMHAJ SELF-HELP GROUPS FOR SOUTH ASIAN FAMILIES IN NEW JERSEY
For family members of individuals with serious mental illnesses:
1st Thursday of the month 7:00 – 8:30 pm
NAMI NJ office, 1562 Route 130, North Brunswick, NJ 08902

For peers with lived experience of mental illness:
3rd Wednesday of the month 7:00 – 8:30 pm
NAMI NJ office, 1562 Route 130, North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Upcoming Presentations at the Support Group

Zumba Demo – August 7
Presenter: Laura Fechter

PLAN NJ Presentation on Special Needs Trust- September 4
Presenter: to be announced

Ask the Doctor- October 2
Presenter: Dr. Jagwinder Sandu

Take the fear out of stress and take control of your life!
Presenter: Bena Long, MSW
Date and time: Thursday, July 30, 2014, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Location: Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care,
671 Hoes Lane West, 1st Floor,
Gymnasium, Piscataway, NJ 08854
REGISTER HERE

Annual Family Picnic
Date: Sunday August 24th, 2014
Location: Bicentennial Park Grove B,
176 Hardenburg Ln
East Brunswick, NJ 0881
Time: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
REGISTER HERE

 

EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

• SAMHAJ Brochure

• SAMHAJ highlight of the”Documenting Our Presence: Multicultural Experiences of Mental Illness“, an educational video by NAMI NJ. (Click here for more information about the complete video.)

 

SAMHAJ CELEBRATION

Each year, SAMHAJ offers an opportunity for members and supporters to come together and celebrate our community of support and share stories of courage and hope. The event highlights the fact that finding support and comfort in your own community is an important part of wellness and recovery. Dec. 7, 2013Dec. 9, 2012, Dec. 2, 2011, Dec. 1, 2010, Dec. 3, 2009, Dec. 4, 2008

VIDEOS

Parenting Presentations & Workshops

NAMI NJ and SAMHAJ presented “Parenting Workshops” in March & April 2014, in Edison High Schools, NJ a special series of workshops to provide information and support for parents of teenagers. Presenters were Priya Gopalan, LMSW, Aparna Kalbag, Ph.D, Bindu Khanna, MD, Bijay Minhas, LSW, MSW, Vasu Nacha, MA, Hina Pant, Ph.D, Neeru Narang,LPC & Grace HU.

Disha – A Journey of Hope

SAMHAJ held an evening of celebration to benefit the program on March 22, 2009, at North Brunswick Township High School. Over 200 community members gathered to show their support for the cause, and to enjoy an evening of entertainment that included elegant Kathak and Bharatanatyam dance by Neha Sehgal and the Shishya School of Performing Arts, and lively popular music by Central Jersey singers Hidden Gems.