Virtual Interactive discussion on coping with grief and loss during the Pandemic

Clockwise:Dr Sujatha Reddy, Director of Ayurveda, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Dr Renee Mehrra, Broadcaster, Civic Leader, Board of Directors of American Association of Ayurveda Professionals, Ms. Farrah Mozzawala, Executive Director of Office of Asian American Affairs, Nassau County, Indu Jaiswal RDN CDN Chair IAF, Beena Kothari Executive Member IAF

LONG ISLAND, NY (TIP): On September 24th evening, members of IAF and community leaders joined the ZOOM Call for a special interactive discussion on an important topic that affects most of us at some point in our lives. Distinguished panelists, moderators, and elite members of the Indian American community filled up the screens, all gathered for one singular purpose – to be the part of, and to understand and accept the different ways of coping with grief and sorrow especially during the Pandemic.

 The program was hosted by eminent broadcaster, civic leader, community activist, and member, Board of Directors of the American Association of Ayurvedic Professionals, Dr. Renee Mehrra, and Beena Kothari, President of GOPIO, NY.  Beena Kothari gave the welcome address.  IAF (Indian American Forum) led by its dynamic chairperson, Mrs. Indu Jaiswal spoke about the importance of organizing such important sessions to create an awareness of mental health issues.

Nassau County Executive Director Office of Asian American Affairs, Farrah Mozzawala spoke about the social and mental health services and counseling offered by the county in different languages to families affected during the pandemic and encouraged the attendees to reach out to her office for any assistance needed by the community. She also stated that there were services and resources available for the elderly in senior centers.

The second presenter was Dr Sujatha Reddy of Humanely Lakewood Wellness Center, Doctor of Ayurveda, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Yoga and Meditation coach. Dr. Reddy discussed various techniques and holistic strategies for coping with grief and loss. Dr Renee Mehrra was the coordinator of this special program for IAF.

It was a very good interactive session followed with Questions and answers and comments from the Community Leaders. Indu Jaiswal thanked the Distinguished Panelist for their valuable contributions in the Field of Mental Health, Helping the Community and meeting the social and Mental needs of the Community. Also special thanks to Dr Renee Mehrra and Mrs Beena Kothari for organizing such an important session.

(Based on a press release)

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