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Bengali Mental Health Movement CARES: Community, Awareness, Resources, Events, Safe Space

We are building Community by uniting Bengali people in the effort to normalize mental health experiences and treatment. By collaborating with organizations that are dedicated to empowering South Asians, we aim to establish a network of shared resources and services.

We hope to increase Awareness about mental health and decrease the stigma around mental health conditions and treatment. According to a community needs assessment conducted in New York City, there is an unmet need for mental health services within the Bangladeshi community, particularly around this conditions of depression and anxiety (Patel, Rajpathak & Karasz, 2012). Normalizing conversations on mental health improves our community’s health outcomes because it allows for people who are silently enduring mental health disorders to seek assistance in safety.

Our Resources are curated to be more accessible to the community. We provide Infosheets that describe various mental health experiences, translated in Bangla and English. The Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health revealed that due to the lack of bilingual Providers, almost half of Asian-Americans had low use of mental health services. Bangladeshis have one of the highest levels of linguistic isolation among all Asian American/Pacific Islander groups (Handbook of Asian American Health, 2013). Resources are sorted by mental health topic and can be used as educational material for the community. These infosheets can also be used to understand clinical language used in healthcare settings and shed insight about one’s symptoms. Note: These resources are not to be used as diagnostic assessments. To receive greater clarity about your mental health condition, please seek professional services by meeting with your primary care doctor or mental health clinician.

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