What is SASMHA?
Brown kids have sex and need therapy, too.
That's what guides the South Asian Sexual and Mental Health Alliance, or SASMHA. And we know there’s plenty of our brown peers out there who stay up late fretting about it too. SASMHA is a community for South Asian youth across the diaspora who need a space to dialogue and learn about issues key to who they are, even (and especially) if our aunties and uncles don’t want to talk about it. SASMHA's goal is to fight cultural stigmas, educate, and empower our community by providing resources on the issues most important to us, from sex and sexuality to mental health.
It’s hard being a third-culture kid. SASMHA aims to bridge the divide between staying true to our roots while being able to fully express ourselves as happy and healthy people.
That's great and all, but what does SASMHA do?
SASMHA is a collective of youth organizers who seek to create a safe space for South Asian youth across the diaspora, focusing on adolescence to early adulthood. Our goal is to educate, empower, and find strength as a community to discuss our unique experiences as Asian-American young adults, fighting stigma and increasing access to resources, peers, and information on the topics considered taboo or under-represented in our cultures: identity development, sexual health, reproductive health, mental health, LGBTQ+ issues, community-building, consent, and healthy relationships, just to name a few. We welcome input and collaboration from all those of South Asian and South Asian-American descent and interest, including but not limited to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and of the Indo-Caribbean diaspora.
Want to collaborate with us? Need resources? Want to request a seminar? Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us through our form!
Areas of Focus
Coming to terms with sexuality and gender identity in a culture where it's even harder to stray from the "norm."
It's not all about getting married and having kids, folks!
identity & third culture
What does it mean to balance both Western and South Asian cultures?