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.