SOCH (https://www.sochmentalhealth.com/), a mental health initiative based in Ontario, with a special focus on international students from South Asian backgrounds has crafted five compelling videos for mental health awareness.
SOCH has a twofold mission:
Start the mental health conversation to break the stigma in the South Asian community. One of their primary objectives is to initiate open conversations about mental health to dispel the stigma that often shrouds this topic within the South Asian community.
Empower the community with the skills to navigate the mental health system, support loved ones, and most importantly, take a preventative approach to caring for one’s overall mental well-being. SOCH strives to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills required to navigate the mental health system effectively. They also aim to provide support to loved ones who may be facing mental health challenges. Importantly, their work emphasizes a preventive approach to holistic mental well-being.
These videos are available in both English and Punjabi languages, making them accessible to a wide and diverse audience.
Introduction to Mental Health
This is an introductory short film to normalize the mental health dialogue among international students. This film encourages all individuals to accept mental health as part of their overall well-being and reach out for help if going through a difficult time. Scriptwriter & Director: Anuradha Grover-Tejpal Producer: Revive Films DOP: Films by Amrit
Adjusting to Canada
Adjusting to a new country as an international student can be very challenging. This film highlights some of the difficulties that students may encounter as they try to navigate a new education system, culture, and climate all while being away from their loved ones.
Depression can impact individuals from all walks of life but those struggling with this condition may not be able to explain what is happening to them. This can make it challenging for their family and friends to understand their situation as well. This film portrays the challenges of a young international student who is struggling with depression while highlighting the lack of awareness of those around her. Scriptwriter & Director: Anuradha Grover-Tejpal Producer: Revive Films DOP: Films by Amrit
Risky Behaviours - Alcohol
When international students encounter challenges with their mental wellness, they may resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms to manage their stress. One such risky behavior is drinking excess amounts of alcohol. This film portrays the difficulties of a young international student who is managing his stress through alcohol use while his friends continue to worry about his circumstances. Scriptwriter & Director: Anuradha Grover-Tejpal Producer: Revive Films DOP: Films by Amrit
Suicide is a highly stigmatized topic that we do not discuss openly in our communities. This film aims to dismantle myths regarding suicide while providing tips on how to provide support to a loved one who may be struggling with these challenging thoughts. Scriptwriter & Director: Anuradha Grover-Tejpal Producer: Revive Films DOP: Films by Amrit
These videos are powerful tools for both raising awareness and providing valuable insights into mental health challenges faced by international students.
To dive deeper into these invaluable resources and gain a comprehensive understanding of SOCH's impactful work, please visit their official website at SOCH Mental Health. Explore the videos, articles, and tools available to empower yourself and contribute to the conversation on mental health.