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Psychoanalytic Division-Overcoming Stigma: Mental Health Treatment Barriers In East and West Indians
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When: October 4, 2020
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom
New York, New York  10003
United States
Contact: New York State Psychological Association

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On the Firing Line:
Understanding and Overcoming Stigma Associated with 
Mental Health in East and West Indian Communities

Sunday, October 4, 2020

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Zoom Presentation
Zoom details to be emailed out to registrants in confirmation email and the Friday morning prior to the event.


The psychoanalytic division presents a program that seeks to raise awareness and understand stigma around mental health and seeking mental health treatment in the East Indian (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh etc.), and West Indian (Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados etc.) Communities which include those in the nursing profession, nurses’ aides, caretakers, teachers and para professionals.

In psychoanalytically informed treatment, a person’s problems are approached with two basic assumptions: (1) that a great deal of mental activity is unconscious; out of a person’s awareness; and (2) events in a person’s past influence how one experiences the present: emotions, relationships, and attitudes toward work and play.  This combination of treating mental health symptoms within the context of the person’s cultural and community influences may be helpful in reducing stress, lifting depression, and calming the anxiety that many people in this population experience and contribute to their fear of stigma. It has been noted that East and West Indian people are generally more comfortable speaking with medical and legal professionals than with mental health practitioners such as a psychologist because of their fear of being labelled as someone with mental illness. Three speakers; from a medical, psychological, and social justice backgrounds, will discuss the importance of understanding and treating unnamed and systemic traumas, regulation of emotions and layers of pathology, which contribute to difficulty and hesitance to seek mental health treatment.

Registration Fees:

Psychoanalysis Division Members - $10

NYSPA Members - $15

Non-NYSPA Members - $20

Students - $5