About CHAI

CHAI takes a holistic approach to providing proactive, culturally competent information and referrals on mental health and wellness to the South Asian population.  We work collaboratively with communities and service organizations to end stigma and increase access to mental health…

Directory & Other Resources

This resource section provides information on general mental health, information specific to South Asians and mental health and links both nationally and in the Baltimore/Washington area for mental health resources. We have also compiled a directory of South Asian mental…


Referral services are available at no cost to those seeking help. Donations from individuals, such as yourself, enable CHAI to maintain this valuable service to the South Asian community. Monies are also used to provide outreach and educational materials on…

Latest News

South Asians Building Cultural Connections for Healthy Relationships

HopeWorks of Howard County in partnership with CHAI (Counselors Helping [South] Asians/Indians) will host a Kitchen Table Discussion Collaborative titled “South Asians Building Cultural Connections for Healthy Relationships” on Sunday October 26, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at…

Adolescent Focus Group

Adolescent Focus Group

CHAI will be holding a focus group for Howard County high school students (or recently graduated), who identify as being South Asian or of multi-ethnic South Asian heritage. Participants will engage in a facilitated discussion to speak about topics from an adolescent perspective that affect their mental health. The topics include self-identity, interpersonal relationships, and other issues relevant to them.
The focus group will be led by our intern, Ghonva, who is a student at University of Maryland herself, and is hosting this as a part of her Social Innovation Scholars project. We hope to create a friendly and confidential environment for the teens to speak with ease and comfort. No parents will be involved in the group. Snacks will be provided, and please let us know about any food restrictions or allergies.
Shoot us an email if you have any questions or are interested in the event.


Why is CHAI Relevant to You?

CHAI is important because your life is important. Not just living, but the quality of life you choose to have. What drives you? What inspires you? What barriers are blocking you from having the life you have wanted? CHAI isn’t just about offering the tools for your 7success, but it’s about the community working together to end real and harmful barriers that impede a person’s right to live and thrive in their lives.

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I Was Born Pansexual.  The Diagnosis Came Later.

It’s a product of our society, that we are considered straight by default, and it is the responsibility of the minority party (in this case, queers) to correct these assumptions. But sometimes we can’t get that word in edgewise, that protest, “Actually, I’m not a girl, I’d prefer if you didn’t use that pronoun,” and we’re stuck being considered something we’re not, in someone’s eyes.

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