Community Dialogue for Mental Health Awareness

If you identify yourself as Bhutanese living in America and:

  • You or your close ones are suffering from suicidal thoughts or depression or any kind of mental health challenges

  • You are a Bhutanese community leader who want to participate in the healing process of our community

  • You are a suicide victim

  • You are a Bhutanese Community member living in America and want to find out what you can do to address the mental health challenges in our community

Then, this webinar is for you.


Community Dialogue for Mental Health Awareness


To increase mental health awareness among the Bhutanese Community in exile and build a strong support system for people who are in need of mental health support in the community

Next Meeting

Saturday 07/08/2017 at 5:30-7:30 pm (PST) California Time

Exploring Trauma and Recovery

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We would like to invite you to join us in our webinar: “Community Dialogue for Mental Health Awareness.”

Goal of this project is to increase mental health awareness amongst the Bhutanese Community in exile and build a strong support system for people who are in need of mental health support in the community.

It is well known to us that Bhutanese refugees in America is known as the community with highest suicide and depression rate amongst all other refugee communities in America. Since the beginning of third country resettlement process of Bhutanese refugees in America, the number of suicide has been skyrocketing. We believe suicide and depression are not the underlying problem in our community. Suicide and depression are just the sign and symptom that our community is deeply wounded and our community is in need of deep healing process.

In order to layout the foundation for this healing process, we want to invite you to join us in this webinar.

Past week, our theme of the discussion was: Resettlement and Mental Health.

This Week, theme of our discussion will be: Trauma and Recovery

In our upcoming discussion, we will talk on the following topics: 

  • History and Mental Health
  • Culture, Community, and Mental Health
  • Self Care and Mental Health
  • Spirituality and Mental Health
  • Physical Health and Mental Health
  • Yoga and Mental Health
  • Intergenerational Gap and Mental Health and more...

Meet Our Dialogue Facilitators

Chhori Maharjan - Psy.D. Clinical Psychology Candidate at the CIIS in San Francisco.  

Chhori Maharjan - Psy.D. Clinical Psychology Candidate at the CIIS in San Francisco.


Ms. Chhori Maharjan is a PsyD Clinical Psychology Candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She has had over a decade of counseling experience in her home country of Nepal which is situated in the Himalayan Mountains of South Asia. In addition to her clinical practice, she has served as a teacher, trainer and supervisor of counseling students at Ankur Counseling, a program of the Nepal Youth Foundation. (   

She was the recipient of the South Asian Scholarship to the World Conference on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Washington D.C. in 2012. In addition, in 2012 and 2013, she was given a full two year scholarship to be trained in Jungian/Kalff Sandplay Therapy. She is eager and able to use various models of therapies such as mindfulness based interventions and expressive art tools such as creative movement, mandala painting, clay work, and play therapy.

Ms Maharjan believes one’s own experiences are the key to grow and thrive if they find a free and protected space along with professionals support. She believes every individual has their own unique strength and power to work through their pain and unexpected sufferings, if they have a skillful professional to witness and process to reach their high potential to progress and heal.

Robin Gurung 

Robin Gurung 

Robin Gurung

Robin Gurung is a mental health advocate, community organizer, yoga teacher, clinical hypnotherapist and life coach. His work is mainly focused on promoting youth leadership for individual and collective healing, for which he co-founded a non-profit organization called Foundation for Conscious Activism. He is also a project lead of a project called “Bridge the Gap,” project funded by Alameda County that focused on increasing awareness on intergenerational gap and its impact on mental health among Bhutanese community in California. Currently, he serves as Chairperson of Bhutanese Community in California (B.C.C), a non profit organization that represents the Bhutanese Community in California.

We want to invite you to join us in this webinar