In honor of Women’s History Month, Dr. Sheetal Shah (PhD) leads this interactive workshop that will focus on addressing mental health from the perspectives of South Asian girls, young women, and nonbinary transfeminine individuals. The workshop will explore cultural nuances on the factors impacting mental health in the young woman in the South Asian community including understanding gender dynamics, parental and community influences, exploring common experiences and challenges, and collectivist/community influences. Ways to address mental health from an individual, family, and community perspective will be explored and culturally responsive resources will be shared.

As a result of participating in this workshop, participants will: 

  • Understand the well-being and mental health issues impacting South Asian American young women and girls;   
  • Identify the importance of normalizing mental health struggles for self, families and communities; 
  • Explore gender dynamics and ways to empower South Asian girls and young women; and 
  • Connect with culturally responsive resources to care for our mental health individually and collectively.