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.
Dr. Damber Kumar (DK) Gurung
Public Health Program Convener
MSW, LICSW, The Stress Doc, Motivational Psychohumorist and a writer
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
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)