We have curated a list of resources to learn more about mental health from a south Asian lens.
We can go through our whole educational careers and not delve deeper into how mental health really looks in the south Asian population. Research has traditionally taken place in the western hemisphere and through the lens of an older, white male.
We are here to shed a light on the other side, so that we can do our part to decolonise mental health. We want to elevate resources which reflect a more global population. Below you can peruse through books, essays, research and even podcasts, which delve into south Asian mental health.
If you know of any resources to add to this ever growing list, contact us here.
Books & Texts
Abhidhamma – Buddhist scripture
Essays in Zen Buddhism (1st, 2nd, or 3rd series) – D. T. Suzuki
Masalih al-Abdan wa al-Anfus – Abu Zayd al-Balkhi
Masnavi – Rumi
Psychology in the Indian Tradition – Rao & Anand
Razi’s Traditional Psychology – Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi
We have this amazing South Asian Literature Reading List on Gender and Sexuality. This has been compiled by two students at Oxford University, (Vriddhi and Tay – known on Instagram as @vriddartha & @bountayy). They have been studying the region and have kindly compiled this comprehensive list!
The Book of Healing – Avicenna
The Removal of Distracting Thoughts – Nanamoli Bhikkhu & Bhikkhu Bodhi
Upanishads – Part of the Veda’s
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Patanjali
Research & Reports
The CMHA has created resources that will increase the business community’s understanding of how mental health and race intersect at work. They have provided evidence-based guidance for action, so that more businesses can build mentally healthy, diverse and inclusive workplaces for all of their people.
One of our members, Shilpa Kunti, was introduced to this ‘Decolonising the Curriculum Tool’ in herclinical training. It can be used as a reflective tool.
Do you often wonder find yourself searching for organisations in the community which provide mental health support for south Asians? Look no further, we’ve compiled an alphabetised list of USA based mental health organisations which do just this.