Hello all! My name is Ammara Kaka and I am a psychotherapist, MSW RSW, at Beaches Therapy Group. I’d like to make you aware of what the Afghan community in Ontario is going through right now.
You probably know that Afghanistan is in the midst of a devastating humanitarian crisis. The increase in attacks by the Taliban against the Afghan government has led to a wave of violence and the country sits at the brink of a civil war. On top of this, the third COVID-19 wave is overwhelming the country’s meagre health care resources and the safety of civilians is in jeopardy. June 2021 was the deadliest month in the last two decades of war in Afghanistan. This reality has devastated Afghans, not just in Afghanistan, but all over the world.
The Afghan community in Ontario includes those with family and ties in Afghanistan, newcomers and refugees. I have witnessed their growing need for mental health support. Many are struggling with what Afghanistan is going through and it has created a range of mental health issues, including PTSD, C-PTSD, grief, trauma, and survivor’s guilt. We, at Beaches Therapy Group, want to offer a hand of support at this time.
Throughout September 2021, Afghans in Ontario affected by this crisis can contact us for FREE, single, solution-focused counselling sessions. These limited virtual sessions are presently only offered in English.
If you require our help, please register by emailing us at email@example.com. We will do our very best to accommodate as many individuals as we can with our available resources. For an immediate mental health crisis, please call Toronto Distress Centre at 416-408-4357 or 408-HELP. To anyone considering self-harm, we urge you to call 911. Assistance is available for you, and it is only a phone call away.
Even if you do not require therapy, you can still help. Here is a list of non-profit charities and causes you can donate to or volunteer at. Anything and everything helps right now. Awareness is a key tenant to creating meaningful change, so at the least, would you help us spread the word about this important initiative?
- The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
- Islamic Relief Canada
- Relief International
- The Canadian Red Cross
- Women for Women International
- International Media Support
- Doctors Without Borders
To learn more about the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan visit these links: