Foundation takes on South Asian mental health issue in BC

Surrey, April 22 (CINEWS): The Sahaara Foundation for Mental Health has committed to eradicating the stigma of mental illness within the South Asian community. Their goal is to raise $30,000 to provide funds towards the Surrey Memorial Hospital Child Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit (CAPSU) and mental health workshops within the local schools. mental
The Sahaara Foundation was formed to raise awareness for mental health issues and to raise funds towards mental health programs and services within the South Asian community. Bindi Bains Mackoruk and Deljit Bains the two directors of the organization say that mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through to adulthood. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behaviour could be affected.
Mental health issues are very common. In fact, they are more common than cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Mental illness does not discriminate. It can affect people of any age, income or educational level and cultural background. This illness affects 1 out of every 5 Canadians.
Family members live in denial and the community usually ends up shunning the person suffering a mental health crisis. Often help isn’t sought until the problem gets out of control.

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