बसाई अमेरिका वा नेपाल जहाँ भएपनि दैनिक अन्तरक्रियाकोक्रममा एक-अर्काको कुरा नबुझ्दा समस्या हुने गर्दछ । भन्न खोजेको कुरा एकै पटकमा प्रस्ट नभए, धैर्यताका साथ केही पटक प्रयास गर्न जरुरी हुन्छ । साथै भनाईको शैली र तरिका फरक गरेर पनि...
Come join us for Psyche Hike organized by Be Well Initiative. Share the joy of hiking and re-connecting with nature. We have limited slots available. Please register here to reserve your spot. Where: Shenandoah National Park, Mary’s Rock When: November 3rd....
The Dec 3rd program was an event where community members came to learn, absorb, participate, and take home vital information and new ideas. The mood in the room seemed both alive and sublime as if participants were revealing and expressing their authentic...
What we stand for
- Developing psycho-social support for individuals, families, and the entire community.
- Building a mind-body health and wellness “prevention” as well as early counseling intervention infrastructure that supports everyday family and community health and vitality.
- Being a resource in dealing with potential future disasters.
- Evolving resource bridges between communities and government, non-profit, and private resources.
A model is envisioned for individuals, families, and even communities as a whole:
- to progressively strengthen psycho-social health and mind-body well-being.
- to increase a sense of sharing, openness, and psychosocial connection within a variety of personal to communal group settings.
- to more effectively use existing community resources for stress-transition resilience and to close resource gaps, and 4) through education, prevention, and early intervention, live healthier and more productive lives.
As the BWI team of experts probed into emotional wellsprings and stories of individuals, families and groups, qualitative knowledge about Nepali diaspora community health and wellness emerged. Identified key stress factors are as follows:
- Life in the United States
Pursuing the American Dream
- Balancing act
The emotional and societal expectations of families back-home is another pressure-packed dimension in this population’s “survival of the fittest” chase of the “American Dream,”
- Sacred Spaces
Individuals’ mind-body space is so sacred that one does not disclose even when the mind itself is in crisis. (Of course, shame can also impede sharing.) Consequently, too many minor mind-body issues are not addressed until the eruption of severe depression, personality disorders, domestic and substance abuse and, even, suicide.
BWI plans to increase its outreach to the Nepali and South Asian Diaspora.
- Cross-Cultural Partnership
BWI continues its outreach to other immigrant communities for mutual learning and shared resources and support.
- Resource Development
BWI is developing partnership with CBOs for federal (SAMHSA) and private grants.
Let's never abandon hope!
No matter how long and bitter the winter may be, the law of life declares that spring always follows. If we are experiencing the darkness of depression, let’s never abandon hope!Read full tesimonial
Dr. Damber Kumar (DK) Gurung
Public Health Program Convener
Dr. Surendra Bir Adhikari
Research Lead, Mental Health Administrator of the Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, The Empowered Parent
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology
Youth Advocate Lead
Community Liaison/Event Planning Coordinator
BWI Youth Wing
Clinical Research Program Coordinator at John’s Hopkins University School of Medicine, managing oncology trials. B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology from George Mason University.
Nuclear engineer for the Navy in Washington, D.C., and lives in Columbia Heights. He went to school at MIT in Boston.
Grew up in Kathmandu and came to the states for college. Very interested in community building and likes to organize events to bring together the Nepali youth diaspora in DC. He is passionate about music, spirituality, and personal growth.
Ph.D. student in computer science and lives in DC. Hobbies include reading, hiking, meditating, participating in civic activities and convincing people that everything is just a dream.
11th grader at Lake Braddock Secondary School, Northern Virginia. Plays travel soccer, is on the school track team and is a member of Key Club.
Executive officer, Iowa Office of Asian Affairs and Pacific Islanders, Iowa Dept. of Human Rights, and a former member of President’s Advisory Commission on Asian and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI)
Dr. DJ Ida
Executive Director of National Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIHMA).
Executive Director, Asian Counseling Referral Services (ACRS), Seattle, WA, and a former member of President’s Advisory Commission on Asian and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI)
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Read a letter from WHIAAPI Executive Director, Doua Thor
A nursing organization that can assemble all nurses from Nepal was a growing need in the Nepalese communities residing in the United States of America.
MannMukti was founded by Abhijith (Abhi) Ravinutala who, after the death of his best friend, made it his mission to reduce the stigma against mental health issues in South Asian communities.