SAMHAJ (South Asian)

SAMHAJ (Understanding Mental Health)

provides education, support and advocacy for South Asians affected by serious mental illness. South Asians of Asian Indian and Pakistani origin, as well as those from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives are welcome to seek support and information from SAMHAJ. The lotus is a symbol of creation, purity, spontaneity, and diving beauty in South Asian culture.

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SAMHAJ provides:
• Support for families and individuals affected by mental illness through support groups, and referrals to bilingual and culturally competent mental health services. We offer a supportive environment to help you and your family to learn to navigate the often complicated mental health system. Our South Asian staff and volunteers speak Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Gujarati, Konkani, and Marathi.

• Professional guest speakers are invited to speak at educational workshops and lectures on issues that are important to your family’s journey towards recovery. Workshops cover subjects such as psychiatric medication, social security disability, rehabilitation and vocational training, coping with caregiver stress and anxiety, children’s mental health and many more topics.

• Workshops for mental health providers, other social service agencies and schools seeking to learn more about the rapidly growing South Asian community in New Jersey in order to provide culturally competent services.

• Volunteer opportunities for people interested in giving back to the community through service. Contact for more information.

SAMHAJ has compiled referral lists of bilingual mental health providers in order to benefit South Asian families and individuals seeking bilingual services. This referral list is made available to people with mental illness, families and providers free of cost. Please note that NAMI NJ and its SAMHAJ program do not recommend or guarantee services from any provider or facility on the referral list.

To access SAMHAJ Referral List click here.

Another organization has provided an alternate provider list. To access SAMHIN Provider List click here.

South Asian Mental health providers seeking to promote awareness, increase cultural competence, promote networking and dialogue.

To download a professional Provider Involved List click here.


SAMHAJ Online Support Groups

NAMI Family Support Group
1st Thursdays, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

NAMI Connection
2nd Thursdays, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Online Social Support Group

3rd Saturdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

To register, email


(Due to the Coronavirus situation, SAMHAJ onsite support groups are cancelled until further notice.)


SAMHAJ Central Jersey
Support Group
SAMHAJ North Jersey
Support Group
1st Thursday of the month
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
NAMI NJ office, 1562 Route 130, North Brunswick, NJ 08902
1st Sunday of the month
2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Location: Morristown and Morris Township Library,
1 Miller Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960


  • Hearts & Minds Presentation on March 5th at 7pm at the NAMI NJ Office, 1562 US-130, North Brunswick

  • Multicultural Picnic on Saturday, July 11th, 11am - 4pm, at Thompson Park Grove 4AB, Perrineville Rd. & Schoolhouse Rd, Monroe
  • “Does Your Psychiatrist Make House Calls? Inpathy Telepsychiatry Does,” Presented by Jim Flynn on January 3, in North Brunswick

  • "Holistic Fitness and Wellness Workshop," Presented by Rachita Rochlani, on February 3, at Parsippany Troy Hills Library, NJ

  • "Active Life for a Health Mind," Presented by Mattew Miller, on April 4, in North Brunswick

  • "Power of Poetry" Workshop by Jacquese Armstrong, on May 2, in North Brunswick

  • Picnic - August 3, Thompson Park, Monroe

  • Accessing Appropriate Housing and Creative Housing Options, by S. Paul Prior, Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer, Attorneys At Law, on September 5, in North Brunswick

  • What does “stress” mean to you? By Neha Mistry, on September 8, at Morristown and Morris Township Library

  • SAMHAJ Annual Celebration on November 16 at Crown of India, Plainsboro, NJ

  • Group discussion on resources and services available in the state of NJ for special needs adults & kids, By Subha Bolisetty & Radha Kasinadhuni, on December 5, in North Brunswick

  • The Importance of Finding Meaning on March 1, North Brunswick

  • Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga on April 5, North Brunswick

  • How Medicare & Medicaid works - A presentation by Medicare Representative: Krishan Bhasin on May 3, North Brunswick

  • SAMHAJ Picnic on August 18, at Thompson Park, Monroe, NJ

  • ABLE Account - a presentation on October 4, North Brunswick

  • SAMHAJ Celebration Party on October 27 at Crown of India, Princeton Meadows Shopping Center, NJ

Slides for the Presentations on

Presenter: Dr. Jagwinder Sandu



• SAMHAJ Brochure

• SAMHAJ highlight of the”Documenting Our Presence: Multicultural Experiences of Mental Illness“, an educational video by NAMI NJ. (Click here for more information about the complete video.)