The Division on South Asian Americans is deeply saddened by the news of the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin on Aug. 5. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the Sikh families in Wisconsin, and the larger Sikh community in the U.S. Because the Sikh community is an integral part of the South Asian American community, we mourn alongside them in this difficult time. DoSAA also wishes to lend a voice of support to those affected, provide resources, and promote dialogue and education both within our community and between our community and the general public in an effort to address the psychological and psychosocial impact of this tragedy.
DoSAA, as part of the Asian American Psychological Association, strives to be a driving force in community action among South Asian mental health providers as well as those interested in South Asian mental health. It is part of our mission to support the mental health of South Asian Americans. As psychologists and counselors, we understand the complexities of this incident and the many needs and emotions that are now pulling at us as individuals, as a community, and as a nation. We hope to provide support, assistance, and education in this time of need.
DoSAA is hoping that in this tragedy, we can pull together to comfort the victims’ families and friends, affirm the strength and solidarity within the national South Asian American community, and make a difference in this nation and the world to address both the causes and effects of such inconceivable violence.
As South Asian Americans, we are fully aware of the experience of being the target of biased-based incidences in a post-9/11 world. In particular, individuals, families, and friends of the Sikh community have long been recipients of discrimination, harassment, and violence during this time. As such, DoSAA is committed to giving a voice to our fellow community members as we move through this tragedy.
DoSAA is a community of students and professionals committed to understanding social,
emotional, political and personal influences affecting South Asians in psychology and creating a forum to impact change for the betterment of South Asian mental health.
If you are experiencing distress in reaction to this event, or have questions about mental health and wellness in response to trauma and crisis, please do not hesitate to call us for information, support, and referral for services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DoSAA has compiled a list of local and national mental health and related resources in the including the following:
In the Wisconsin area:
Milwaukee Behavioral Health Crisis Services
Mental Health America of Wisconsin.
WI Coalition of Asian Indian Organizations
The Sikh Coalition
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
Counselors Helping (South) Asian/Indians (CHAI). CHAI is dedicated to providing outreach, referral and educational services to the South Asian community on issues related to mental health and wellness, for more assistance contact 443-615-1355 or Board.email@example.com.
Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) also has a National Helpline available at 1-800-950-NAMI.
The American Psychological Association also provides resources and information that help support individuals and families that have suffered from a shooting tragedy. See this link http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/mass-shooting.aspx for more information.
Kusha G. Murarka, chair
Anjuli Amin, co-chair
Rahul Sharma, chair elect.