In the last couple of decades the number of South Asian immigrants in
Europe and North America is steadily increasing. Moving from one
culture to another has never been easy. Many such immigrants face
adjustment problems. There are others who have a family member who has
serious emotional problems or suffer from mental illness. Such
families are not familiar with main -stream mental health services.
Language and cultural differences also become obstacles between
immigrants and Canadian therapists.
Last year I was approached to give a lecture on Mental Health in Urdu.
In that conference I met many mental health professionals and
volunteers. In my lecture I focused on the stigma of mental illness
and presented my Green Zone Philosophy to help people struggling with
After the conference when I met with my friends, we felt that South
Asian immigrants do not have literature about Mental Health in their
native language. They also need resources to contact in case their
family members are facing emotional difficulties.
That discussion inspired me to create an anthology of literature in
Urdu and English to serve our community.
few months ago my dear friend Mohammad Gill introduced
and then asked me to write articles about Mental Health and
Psychotherapy and submit them to the editors. I was surprised to get a
positive response from the editors as well as the members of that
After submitting articles to
I also wrote articles for Dawn Newspaper of Pakistan and Medical Post
of Canada. I was pleased that they published my articles about
psychotherapy as well.
hope you find these articles informative and useful. Feel free to send
your stories and struggles with mental health issues.
Creative Psychotherapy Clinic
Whitby Ontario Canada