Your Desi Helpline


Mission


     Our mission is to support the health and well-being of the South Asian population, in particular their mental and emotional health.


Purpose


     Our purpose is to bridge the gap between mental health care needs and access to services for the South Asian population. We aim to do this through education about mental health issues and mental health care services, helping to break down barriers that hinder our population’s mental and emotional well-being.


Goals


Education:

  • Provide information about mental health issues to promote mental health awareness.
  • Provide information about mental health services to help individuals make informed decisions about accessing the most appropriate services for their problems.
  • Build motivation to seek help and optimize treatment to ensure successful outcomes

Access to Services:

  • Provide a referral list of culturally sensitive mental health care providers.
  • Improve communication between mental health care providers and the community.



About Your Desi Helpline


     Your Desi Helpline was started by the following group of like-minded individuals with a motivation to improve the mental and emotional well-being of our South Asian Community:

  • Surinder Bal -Founder
  • Shital Gaitonde 
  • Rita Patel
  • Shally Vaid

     The decision to start Your Desi Help​line came in response to observing a rise in mental health issues within the community coupled with their reluctance to seek help to address the issues. Social stigma, a lack of knowledge about mental health, obstacles to finding appropriate services, undervaluing the importance of mental and emotional well-being, and a lack of trust in the system were observed to be common reasons for not seeking help.


     While the South Asian community is largely seen to be resilient and successful, it is not entirely shielded from the stresses of immigration, cultural conflicts, and the increasing societal demands of a modern progressive society. When left unaddressed, the strain of these cumulative stresses can wreak havoc on an individual’s or family’s overall health and functioning. Physical health is directly connected to our mental and emotional well-being, therefore, taking care of mental and emotional health is fundamental to creating a healthy, productive, and satisfying life.


     It became apparent that the community would benefit from having an independent, confidential, non-judgmental, and accepting place where they could get information to overcome the barriers holding them back from getting the help they need. At the same time, there appeared to be no collective agency through which the various South Asian mental health care providers could reach out to support their community. There was no communal space within which the community and the mental health care providers could come together to make better connections between services  and need for services.


     Your Desi Helpline aims to fill that gap by acting as a bridge to connect our various communities to collectively support the well-being of our community.  We are delighted that you have joined us.


Be Well, Be Healthy!