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Do think the way we make sense of mental health doesn’t quite fit with the South Asian experience? When you try to explain your struggles to a professional, they just don’t get it. I am Dr Tina Mistry, a UK-based Psychologist and I have struggled with this for years. This podcast is where we can deconstruct and decolonise South Asian mental health. We know the factors that impact mental health issues are complex, so let’s spend some time reflecting on the things that may not always be included in mainstream conversations. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brownology/support

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Do think the way we make sense of mental health doesn’t quite fit with the South Asian experience? When you try to explain your struggles to a professional, they just don’t get it. I am Dr Tina Mistry, a UK-based Psychologist and I have struggled with this for years. This podcast is where we can deconstruct and decolonise South Asian mental health. We know the factors that impact mental health issues are complex, so let’s spend some time reflecting on the things that may not always be included in mainstream conversations. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brownology/support

    Season 2 Finale

    Season 2 Finale

    As we draw this season to a close, Dr Tina Mistry reflects on the past year from the start of the pandemic to present day as we navigate our ‘new normal’ in the UK. Listen in to hear the horrific impact white privilege has even in crisis, but also the resilience show by both the Asian community and wider human community during this time.

    Timestamps

    0:00 – Intro
    1:46 – The impact of white privilege
    3:11 – The power of community
    5:27 – The lie of social media
    6:23 – Resilience in the south Asian community
    9:27 – Thank you, NHS staff
    10:40 – The anxiety of the ‘new normal’
    12:11 – Adapting

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    • 15 min
    Parenting in the Pandemic

    Parenting in the Pandemic

    Parenting at any time is difficult, but parenting in a pandemic. Covid-19 has brought many challenges in this realm and it has impacted our mental health. Join Dr Mistry as she provides actionable tips on how to navigate juggling work, and raising kids, both throughout lockdown and how we can go forward with our employers supporting us, as we head into the new normal.

    0:00 – Preamble
    1:32 – The double shift for women
    4:56 – Difficulties in homework help
    6:25 – Financial strain
    8:15 – Increased psychological distress
    10:15 – Juggling work, and kids
    13:57 – Psychological flexibility
    14:50 – Damaging ways of parenting ways we grew up with
    17:05 – Mindful parenting
    18:44 – Tips
    22:26 – Taking responsibility for mistakes
    24:50 – How can employees support?

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    • 29 min
    Domestic Violence Within the South Asian Community

    Domestic Violence Within the South Asian Community

    Domestic abuse has been increasing under lockdown and has long been under reported in the South Asian community. Listen in to discover how the patriarchy, honour and other difficulties contribute to this huge issue and can affect our mental health.

    Timestamps:

    0:00 – Preamble
    1:58 – The stats
    5:44 – Types of domestic abuse
    7:55 – Underreporting in the South Asian community
    9:00 – Izzat/Sharam/Honour
    10:19 – Difficulties reporting rape
    11:48 – Space in refuge’s during covid
    12:32 – Women from minority backgrounds
    13:58 – Somatization, depression, & anxiety
    16:57 – Divorce & relationship dissatisfaction in lockdown
    20:30 – Causes of marital violence
    23:02 – Pressure on men
    25:06 – Barriers for BAME women in escaping abuse



    References in this episode: 

    Southall Black Sisters

    Women’s Aid

    Sakhi

    The Sharan Project

    Mixture of BAME and Other Resources



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    • 32 min
    Living With Family

    Living With Family

    Whether you’re a 20 something year old or in your 50’s, this episode is for you and your family. Even in a pandemic, we would rather wear PPE for 24 hours straight, than discuss our feelings on taboo topics in a south Asian household. Join Dr Mistry as she discusses the differences of the British Asian diaspora living at home in comparison to the white British population, and the additional stressors we may face.

    0:00 – Preamble
    0:55 – Living with Family
    2:33 – Interdependence
    3:40 – White families living together
    5:10 – Cultural conflict for British Asian’s living at home
    7:30 – Lockdown’s impact on the British Asian Diaspora
    9:52 – Impact on British Asian women
    11:07 – Food scarcity, stress, uncertainty
    13:15 – A year ‘wasted’
    16:04 – Lack of freedom
    17:00 – Being queer in a South Asian household
    18:43 – The added stress of hiding our double lives in lockdown
    21:40 – Resources & Support
    22:07 – Opening up taboo conversations in the family



    References:

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/oct/18/boomerang-trend-of-young-adults-living-with-parents-is-rising-study

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/living-single/201605/why-are-so-many-young-adults-living-their-parents

    https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ832723.pdf

    https://www.mhanational.org/blog/what-do-when-your-south-asian-parents-dont-understand-your-mental-health

    https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ832723.pdf

    https://www.burntroti.com/blog/is-enmeshment-trauma-a-cultural-norm-in-south-asian-families

    https://gal-dem.com/single-south-asian-women-like-me-are-feeling-the-pressure-of-ageing-in-lockdown/

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12119-021-09817-w

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gwao.12572

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    • 27 min
    Grief within the South Asian Community

    Grief within the South Asian Community

    We are used to grieving together as a community in the South Asian culture. Many of us have lost someone close to us this past year due to Covid-19. Join Dr. Mistry as she discusses how mourning has changed, as well as some of the more traumatic, lesser known grief symptoms.

    0:00 – Preamble
    0:35 – Death in the south Asian community
    2:30 – What is Grief?
    3:33 – Psychological impact
    4:50 – Physical impact
    5:44 – Shifting Roles & Coping Strategies
    7:31 – Needing to be together
    8:49 – Mourning Period in Asian Culture
    11:52 – How are we coping now?
    13:30 – Traumatic Grief Symptoms
    15:00 – Links to Research & Org’s


    References: 
    Samhin
    Brown don’t frown podcast 
    Cruse
    The Good Grief Trust 
    Sands
    Lullaby Trust
    Bame Stream Bereavement Support
    Majonzi Fund
    Mind Works UK
    At a loss website
    The Griefcast Podcast

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    • 18 min
    A (South Asian) Guided Meditation by the Brown Psychologist

    A (South Asian) Guided Meditation by the Brown Psychologist

    For something that's come from the East, mindfulness has become incredibly westernised in recent times. This guided meditation has a delightful British Asian twist to enable us to reconnect to the practice with the practice, and with ourselves. Save this episode so you can return to it for some tranquility, time and time again.

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    • 15 min

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