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Tips On How To Help Someone Who Is Depressed

April 23, 2012 · 2 Comments

imageSeeing a loved one depressed can make you feel helpless and frustrated because you want to help but you don’t know how. When someone is depressed, due to clinical depression, postpartum depression or winter blues, most of the time they want help but do not know where to begin. As a friend or family member, you can play a large role in their recovery by helping them acknowledge the problem and receive proper help. More →

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South Asian Suicide: How to Help to A Loved One

September 7, 2011 · 2 Comments

Payal and Arpana were out for a walk. Payal had been concerned about how sad and down her best friend had been feeling for months. Her family had experienced numerous stressors in a short period of time and she knew Arpana must be stressed so she suggested taking a walk.

“I’m worried about you,” Payal said. “I hardly see you anymore and you seem to be very stressed. Are you ok?” More →

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South Asian Emotion: A Sister’s Plea

February 23, 2011 · 5 Comments

SistersThough Sujata was 1 ½ years older, she and her younger sister, Aparna, were inseparable. Growing up, they often dressed the same and were usually mistaken to be identical twins. Everyone also assumed both girls had similar personalities: they were both curious, funny and quite sociable. However, Sujata was more reserved than Aparna and often took fewer risks. If they were going to try something new, it was usually Aparna who came up with the idea and would encourage Sujata to come along. In some ways, Sujata’s self-confidence was raised by Aparna’s belief in her.

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Nina’s Story: A South Asian Girl’s Experience with Abuse

January 17, 2011 · 1 Comment

This story is purely fictional and is not intended to represent a real family. Any similarities between this family and a real life family are purely coincidental. This is Part 3 of a series. For Part 1, click here and for Part 2, click here.

After Nina met Rakesh’s parents, the relationship picked up steam. They spent almost every day together and Rakesh tried hard to maintain the romance by buying her beautiful gifts for her birthday or other holidays. Whenever they went out with friends, Rakesh would proudly introduce Nina as his girlfriend and have his arm around her at all time, making Nina feel very loved, wanted and protected by her boyfriend. More →

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Nina’s Story: The Early Signs of Domestic Abuse

January 14, 2011 · 3 Comments

This story is purely fictional and is not intended to represent a real family. Any similarities between this family and a real life family are purely coincidental. This is Part 2 of a series. For Part 1, click here.

Friday, October 24

Dear Diary,

Well I told Mummy and Baba about Rakesh tonight. They were surprisingly cool with it. Of course they freaked out at first and Mummy’s first question was, “Are you going to marry him?”It took a while to explain to them what a boyfriend meant and I had to keep reminding them that I’m only 20. I still have to finish college, go to grad school and get a job before I even consider getting married! Mummy was asking all of the questions and Baba naturally was really quiet. More →

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Nina’s Story: A South Asian Girl’s Childhood

January 12, 2011 · 3 Comments

This story is purely fictional and is not intended to represent a real family. Any similarities between this family and a real life family are purely coincidental. This is Part 1 of a three-part series. For Part 2 click here and for Part 3 click here.

On May 22, Pradip (a marketing consultant) and Ujwala (a stay at home mom) became the proud parents of a healthy baby girl named Nina. She was an intelligent girl who was alert and social from the first day she was born. Friends called her a little ball of energy as she was curious about everything in her environment and loved to be around people. More →

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South Asian Relationships: an Overview of Domestic Abuse

January 10, 2011 · 7 Comments

stop domestic violenceAccording to the US Department of Justice, approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.

A study conducted in 2002 found that 40% of South Asian women reported having been physically or sexually assaulted by their male partner.

Daya, a domestic violence organization based in Houston, reports 2 in 5 South Asian women have experienced some kind of partner violence. More →

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South Asian Relationships: How to Express Concern

December 3, 2010 · 3 Comments

Due to the value placed on keeping personal matters within the family, South Asians are often hesitant to talk to professionals, friends, fellow students, teachers or coworkers about what they are struggling with in their private life. There is a misconception that if they don’t talk about it and act as if everything is fine, that they can hide their personal issues and no will know what they are going through. More →

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