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SOCH is offering virtual workshops during COVID-19 crisis

Apr 9, 2020

SOCH workshops

One student and one alumna of the McMaster School of Nursing program are stepping up to help the community with three virtual workshops in coping with COVID-19. The dates are April 9, 16 and 23 starting at 7:30 pm Eastern Time. The topics cover: validating our fears; managing our anxiety and depression; and how to cope within your unique households.  

Maneet Chahal and Jasmeet Chagger founded SOCH Mental Health, a community program designed to help build mental health a few years ago. Maneet has graduated. Jasmeet is currently in the Masters of Nursing program and her supervisor is Dr. LeGris.

Maneet Chahal and Jasmeet Chagger

Above: Maneet Chahal and Jasmeet Chagger

SOCH is a word in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi (three South Asian languages) which means “to think” or “a thought”. Maneet and Jasmeet truly believe that in order to target mental health stigma within the South Asian community, they need to change their community’s “SOCH” about it.

 SOCH usually offers their programming in workshops but have moved to an online format because in-person meetings are currently on hold due to physical distancing.

Maneet explains the thinking behind these three sessions. “With the pandemic, a lot of people are struggling. Even if they never had any anxiety or depression before, they are now finding it hard to cope. The first session is about learning to validate your fears. Because the fear is real. What’s happening is worrisome. You’re going to have anxiety, fear, and grief.” 

SOCH is also posting tips on their Instagram account which you can find here:

Along with committing their time to their mental health initiative, Maneet and Jasmeet work in the field of nursing. Maneet is currently working as a care coordinator with the LHIN supporting seniors with complex physical and mental health issues. Jasmeet is working in a primary care setting supporting a walk-in clinic.

Please email to register for these three workshops.

You can learn more about SOCH at .


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