On Thursday, household and associates laid six loved ones to rest in Allen.
The Towhid household was found in their home Monday morning after police say two brothers made a pact to kill their household earlier than taking their very own lives. Authorities mentioned the brothers had been battling despair.
It is a story that has deeply shaken the South Asian neighborhood in North Texas and sparked a conversation about mental health.
“It is heartbreaking,” mentioned Ayesha Shafi, host and CEO of Irving-based Radio Azad. “And the primary thought that got here to my thoughts was right here we go once more – as a result of we have had a rash of suicides taking place in our neighborhood, particularly amongst boys in our neighborhood throughout the nation.”
Shafi hosts a psychological well being section for her radio station, which airs on 104.9 FM HD3 and on-line.
The primary Monday of each month, she brings on medical psychologists and psychiatrists for in-depth discussions about despair, anxiousness, indicators and signs of psychological well being circumstances, and the way folks can discover assist. She even takes live callers to permit for therapeutic conversations about their struggles.
“These sorts of points are simply swept underneath the rug. There’s nonetheless a variety of stigma related to psychological well being. So when persons are going by means of issues like despair or anxiousness, or simply the flexibility to not be capable to address every day issues, there is no outlet for them to speak about it. It’s only a strain to carry out to fulfill these expectations and sadly, identical to the Asian American neighborhood, a variety of communities undergo with this. There’s additionally a variety of loneliness isolation as a result of pandemic.”
She mentioned the deaths have prompted her and plenty of others to sound the alarm for psychological well being points together with her neighborhood that always go unchecked.
By her segments, Shafi mentioned she has discovered how vital it’s for folks and neighborhood members to study to acknowledge the indicators and signs of despair, discuss to their children or family members about it, and never be afraid to get assist.
“When you’ve got an ache or sprain, you instantly go to the physician to get assist. However psychological well being is one thing that’s nonetheless not acceptable to be talked about. So children who’re struggling by means of these points don’t discuss to their dad and mom, they don’t discuss to anyone. Possibly they discuss to a pal. However most significantly they don’t know the way to verbalize it. They simply have these emotions and don’t precisely know the way to talk them,” Shafi mentioned.
Shafi mentioned Radio Azad is attempting to interrupt the stigmas related to psychological well being by offering a platform in North Texas for communities to debate these sorts of points.
“We’ve supplied a platform for folks to debate these sorts of points. Our tagline is ‘The place your voice issues.’ And we discover that there’s simply no place to overtly talk about these points,” she mentioned.
Should you need assistance, the South Asian Psychological Well being Initiative & Community is a nonprofit that addresses the psychological well being wants of the South Asian neighborhood within the U.S. Click here to find information and resources online.
Should you or somebody you realize is in disaster, name the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or attain out to the Disaster Textual content Line by texting ‘Residence’ to 741741.