Mississauga, Brampton residents can take part in townhall on grief in South Asian community


Published July 7, 2021 at 3:54 am


A virtual townhall on pandemic-related grief that is unique to the South Asian community will be held on Thursday night (July 8).

Organized by SOCH Mental Health, which is a made-in-Brampton initiative founded by two registered nurses, Jasmeet Chagger and Maneet Chahal, the townhall, titled My Loved One Died… Now How Do I Cope? will be held over Zoom from 6 to 7:30 p.m.. The topics will include South Asian mental health stigma specific to grief, South Asian grieving rituals, and coping with loss.

The guest speakers include Dr. Simerpreet Sandhanwalia, who is the co-founder of Frontline Connect Canada and the South Asian COVID Task Force. The organizers are asking participants to RSVP by Wednesday, whereupon they will receive a Zoom link.

Mississauga and Brampton currently have low rates of COVID-19, but both cities were hit hard during the earlier stages of COVID-19.

Statistics Canada also said on Tuesday that Canadians who are racialized have had more COVID-19 infections.

On the SOCH Mental Health website, both Chagger and Chahal have bios that state they have worked to reduce mental health disparities in South Asian communities, while trying to develop culturally safe care.

For further information, visit sochmentalhealth.com

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