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News and Information for the
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Network

May 2014

South Asian Community Organization Hosts Mental Health Symposium 


Would you like to learn more about the specific cultural needs of South Asians seeking behavioral health services? Come join us for the free mental health awareness symposium at Harvard Pilgrim’s Wellesley office on Sunday, September 14, 2014. The event is being hosted by Saheli, a non-profit organization focused on the needs of South Asians, including those from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Saheli’s work focuses on advocating against domestic violence and sexual assault, and for mental and physical health in the South Asian community. In 2013, Harvard Pilgrim began its collaboration with Saheli Boston and the Asian American Civic Association as part of ongoing efforts to engage directly with the region’s diverse communities. In support of our inclusion efforts, Harvard Pilgrim recently launched Eastern Harmony, a new program that integrates the health and wellness practices of Eastern and Western medicine with our popular benefit plans to deliver an experience that values the beliefs, languages, and cultures of our Asian members.

The goals of the conference include aiding providers in increasing cultural competency to better meet the needs of the Asian and South Asian community, raising awareness about the mental health needs among South Asians, and removing any associated stigma in order to create an environment where it is acceptable to ask for help. Topics will include: raising resilient children, intimate partner violence and its effect on elders and children in the family, anxiety, the concept of “precarious manhood,” and the important of supporting the invisible work of mothers. There will also be demonstrations of kundalini yoga, meditation, and experimental/complimentary medicine.

For more information on the symposium and to register, please visit the “Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being Awareness Symposium” page on Saheli Boston’s website or visit the Facebook event page and post your comments.

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