Let's Start with What is Soch Connect

Did you know that South Asians are 85% less likely to access mainstream mental health supports compared to Caucasians (CAMH, 2019)?

Why? Well, one of the reasons is because the culture and language aren’t at the breakfront of mainstream services.

Mental health supports, such as therapy, can be extremely helpful to improving mental health, when one is struggling with mental health challenges. In fact, 75% of people who begin therapy experience various benefits from it (American Psychiatric Association, 2022). As a South Asian, making the decision to start therapy can be very difficult, especially when there are so many myths and stigmas about therapy, passed down for generations.

When you finally decide to try therapy, finding the right therapist can be challenging. Although there are numerous therapy directories listing local South Asian therapists, it can be very overwhelming to figure out which therapist to pick. Many worry about the risk of facing disappointment and frustration from working with someone who doesn’t understand your culture or language, which would lead to ending therapy before receiving its benefits.

Soch Connect was created to address this gap by using a well-intentioned algorithm to match South Asians with the right therapist. At Soch Connect, your culture and language matter.

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Why We Started Soch Connect

The results of therapy are significantly better if you are working with a therapist who understands your culture or language.

With that in mind, we noticed that South Asians are in need of a trusted process to get connected to the right therapist. Typical therapy directories can not only be overwhelming, but disappointing when they fail to really understand you, resulting in difficulties finding the right professional to support your needs.

Soch Connect aims to simplify the process of finding a therapist while embracing South Asian culture and language.

If you or a loved one are in immediate need of mental health help, please click here for crisis support or contact your local emergency services.

How Soch Connect Came to Light

Jasmeet
Founder
Maneet
Founder

Jasmeet Chagger (RN, BScN, MSc) and Maneet Chahal-Gill (RN, BScN, MSc) are Masters level Registered Nurses who are South Asian mental health experts. From witnessing their close family members struggle with mental health challenges to experiencing immense gaps in the mental health system during their clinical practice when supporting South Asian clients, to finally conducting research on the mental health needs of the South Asian community in Canada, Jasmeet and Maneet’s understanding of the complexities associated with South Asian mental health have evolved tremendously.

These two passionate trailblazers also started Soch Mental Health, a nonprofit organization focusing on cultural and linguistic mental health promotion, prevention, and early intervention for South Asians. Soch Mental Health aims to address the vast amount of stigma and lack of awareness by improving the mental health literacy of the South Asian community.

Through their work with Soch Mental Health, Jasmeet and Maneet recognized another gap – South Asians did not know how to find a therapist and were not being connected to the right therapist.

This is how Soch Connect came to light.