Mental Health in South Asian communities

Zara Kayani writes.

A culture of shame is all too familiar for many South Asians suffering in silence with mental health problems, and discussing psychological health is seen as taboo within the community. I stem from a South Asian background and am currently studying psychology in university, which brings other controversies. Why go for a non-traditional subject? I’ve been asked this many times. So, what influenced my decision to take up psychology?

I’ve always had an interest in people’s health and


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