Our South Asian Mental Health Program Director, Sarah, is one of the co-founders of IMHA and a Bangladeshi Canadian. She brings 15+ years of experience in the mental health, development and humanitarian action sectors. Sarah is dedicated to building this program as part of changing mindsets and empowering the next generation of South Asians to grow in approaches to wellness.
Created in response to COVID-19, teaching fellows worked with IMHA to design and implement project focused on improving mental well for school-age children during lockdown.
Fellows began by assessing the mental health of their students through phone interviews, confirming the initial hypothesis that student mental health would suffer during lockdown. Next, fellows designed therapeutic activities involving art (pictured left), writing and play that students could engage with from their homes.
Week-by-week, students engaged with activities and fellows completed weekly check-in calls with students to monitor their process. As schools prepared to open again, the fellows wrapped up the project by completed a post-assessment with students and parents, measuring the impact of the interventions on student mental health.
Founded in 2020, we’re a
youth-focused, trauma-informed entrepreneurship program in Dhaka, Bangladesh run out of The Tech Academy in partnership with the International Mental Health Association. Program currently paused.