Following many years of hearing young South Asians in the Greater Toronto Area share challenges with accessing culturally-informed mental health supports and services, we came together to find a way to help. Young South Asian women in particular expressed a need to see a young South Asian mental health professional that ‘looked like’ them. Someone who understood what it was like to be a woman and straddle two completely different cultures --- being Canadian and being South Asian. Through these dialogues emerged a number of gaps in the systems surrounding these young people, with the central and repeated theme being understood as a young South Asian and the role of gender in their experiences.
As we unpacked the research in this area, we found very little information to inform mental health supports for young South Asian women, as well as a lack of culturally tailored information for key people within their networks. To address these gaps, we will embark on a three step process of co-creating culturally driven mental health supports and resources to enhance the mental health of young South Asian women.
OUR PARTNERS & FUNDERS
The Roshni Team is hosting a series of workshops in collaboration with community partners across the Greater Toronto Area. In each workshop, we will share findings from our research, screen the four short films and facilitate a discussion about mental health in the South Asian community.
The workshops aim to continue the important conversation about mental health and access to services. We hope you can join us!
Expressions of Gratitude
The Roshni Project is by no means the effort of just a few people. Many have contributed along the journey. The expression of gratitude is central to our philosophy, which is why we are dedicating this page to highlight the unique and important contributions made by all championing The Roshni Project.
Dr. Sean Kidd (CAMH, Co-Principal Investigator) for his continued guidance and support on all fronts, and being an important ally.
Herleen Sayal at Women of Wisdom (WOW) for helping us think critically about our work in this space. Herleen’s shared enthusiasm for empowering young South Asian women is a continued source of inspiration.
International Film Festival of South Asia (IFFSA) for supporting the cause by creating a platform for marginalized voices to be heard, and collaborating to promote and release the short films.
CAMH Foundation for funding the work, and continued support with engaging South Asian communities.