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Indo-American Psychiatric Association   
Razia Kosi

 

Collaborations with the Community- Demystifying Mental Health

 

Abstract

 

Counselors Helping (South) Asians, Inc. (CHAI) began a journey to address the bicultural issues that often arise among first and second generation South Asians immigrants living in the United States. Over the past nine years, CHAI’s mission, has evolved to addressing the mental health needs of the South Asian community in the Maryland area. This presentation will openly discuss and actively engage the audience in dialogue about our missteps and successes in collaborating with the South Asian communities and mainstream organizations. Examples of the collaborations that will be discussed are working with South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a civil rights advocacy group, National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), the Muslim Community Center Medical Center and the Maryland chapter of the Indo-American Psychiatric Association. The presentation is designed to invite feedback, ideas and insights from the participants in order to capitalize on best practices in community collaborations from multiple perspectives.