Listening session for UChicago community members identifying as South Asians or with family/loved ones in South Asia

To: UChicago community members identifying as South Asians or with family/loved ones in South Asia

Dear all,

This is a distressing time for everyone with families and loved ones in South Asia. Whether you are dealing with the immense pain of losing someone close, or bearing witness to the struggle of loved ones and compatriots, we want to support you. We will be hosting a virtual listening space for those who want to share their emotions and experiences, voice their solidarity, and exchange resources to support both our loved ones back home and each other here. We invite you to join us on Tuesday, May 11th, at 12pm for a one-hour support session. This session is open to undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and academic visitors. Please spread the word.

This listening session is meant to provide a space to find community support, but is not a substitute for mental health treatment. There is no shame in seeking help. Should you wish to talk to someone, pasted at the end of the email are some resources we hope you find useful. Moreover, this is an emotional time and while everyone who wants to share in this space is encouraged to do so, we intend that conversations remain apolitical to ensure everyone feels welcome and supported.

Link to join: Launch Meeting - Zoom

In solidarity,

Questions can be directed to: Somaiyya Ahmad <somaiyya@uchicago.edu> or Maanasa Raghavan <mraghavan@uchicago.edu>

Mental Health Resources:

Student Counseling is available to provide individualized support to students during this distressing time. For more information about making an appointment or reaching the after-hours Therapist on Call: http://counseling.uchicago.edu/

Counseling for staff and faculty via Perspectives Ltd. at 800.456.6327. More information HERE

Information on counseling specific to experiences of trauma: https://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/trauma-disaster

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