Resources for South Asian Families

The task force’s mandate is to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood and middle childhood development within the South Asian community.  They accomplish this through developing and distributing ECD and parenting information to the South Asian community, reaching out through a variety of channels, and developing best practice approaches for South Asian parents and caregivers.

One example of their past work is a pamphlet entitled, “It Takes a Community to Raise a Child,” a development guide for children ages 0 – 6, written in both English and Punjabi.    Click to download: It Takes a Community to Raise a Child ECD Brochure

Additional Parenting Resources (click links to download):

Punjabi 3 – 6 Development Chart

Learning Through Play Birth to age 3 in Punjabi

Take the Time … It Counts in English and Punjabi

If I Had to Raise My Child Over Again poem (plus several other resources in Punjabi and English i.e. Child Development charts, Oral Language Development resources, What Children Learn from Play, Communication Strategies for Parents With Young Children, Baby’s First Foods, the Nurturing Children Wheel)

Websites (click links to go to the website):

Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs : parenting resources in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu. Handout titles include: Building Active Habits, Family Routines, Parents at Play, Promoting Positive Behaviour, Supporting Children’s Play, Process Not Product, The Pleasures of Reading Aloud, Change Waiting Time to Play Time, Singing Through The Day & Connecting Through Stories.

Healthlink BC has several resources translated in Punjabi, such as the BC Health Guide, Eczema and Food Allergy in Babies and Young Children, Feeding Your Baby: Sample Meals for Babies 6 to 12 Months of Age, Food Safety During Pregnancy, Healthy Carbohydrates for Diabetes, Healthy Eating for Diabetes, Healthy Eating for Pregnancy, and Reducing Risk of Food Allergy in Your Baby: A Resource for Parents of Babies at Increased Risk of Food Allergy

Health Nexus is a Canadian organization and its website contains several resources in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu. Available titles include: “You and Your Baby,” “My Child and I – Attachment for Life,” Healthy Eating for a Healthy Baby,” and a resource on postpartum depression.

The Canadian Public Health Association has a resource entitled “Taking Care of You and Your Baby ” that is available in Urdu and Punjabi.

About Kids Health: AboutKidsHealth is the patient education group of The Hospital for Sick Children. Resources available in Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu.

Peel Children’s Society. Resources in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu. Topics include: babysitting, positive parenting and child safety.

BC Women’s Hospital and Health Care has several resources in Punjabi for expectant mothers / new parents.

Punjabi language resources from Burnaby Public Library. Resource titles include:  Healthy Opportunities for Preschoolers, Making the Most of Television, Playing With Your Baby, Ready, Set, Learn: Helping Your Preschooler Get Ready For School, Say Hello to Your New Baby, Sharing Books With Your Baby, Sharing Songs and Rhymes, Talk to Your Baby in Your Own Language

Getting Your Child Ready for School From Children’s Services, Regions of Peel (Ontario). The 24-page toolkit is based on the Early Development Instrument (EDI) – a teacher-rated measure of kindergarten children’s readiness to learn at school. Available for download in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

The Canadian Mental Health Association has information in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu on the following topics: disciplining children, coping with stress, alcohol and drugs, mental health, post-traumatic stress, depression, suicide prevention, youth suicide prevention, understanding the teenage years and post-partum depression.

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has fact sheet in Urdu on: bedwetting, inattention, children with autism, self-harm, suicide, sexual abuse, TV violence and depression.

Other resources:

Here to Help has resources on addictions and mental health in Punjabi.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has information on addiction, mental health, problem gambling and stress management in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu.

See DIVERSEcity Community Resource’s Society’s booklet on Alcohol use in Punjabi

Alcohol Information DIVERSEcity

Anxiety BC is a non-profit organization started by a group of concerned consumers, family members, and professionals, who work to increase awareness about anxiety disorders; promote education of the general public, affected persons, and health care providers; and increase access to evidence-based resources and treatments. Programs are focused on increasing awareness and promoting education and evidence-based treatments related to anxiety disorders. Publications are available in Punjabi

The Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Program serves young people with early psychosis who are between the ages of 13 to 35, and their families. The program bridges youth and adult mental health services, and links community with hospital. Clinical services include single-entry intake and assessment, as well as treatment for people who have had their first episode of psychosis, whether affective or non-affective. Treatment components include individual, group and family intervention. Other program components include community education, evaluation, and research, as well as assessment and monitoring for young people at ultra high-risk of developing psychosis.

Information is available in Hindi and Punjabi

The BC Responsible Gambling Program provides accurate information, resources, and meaningful services that promote healthy choices and help to reduce any harmful impacts associated with gambling. Public awareness publications are available in Punjabi.

The Consortium for Organizational Mental Healthcare  has an Antidepressant skills workbook in Punjabi

The General Practice Services Committee has a Cognitive Behavioural Interpersonal Skills Workbook in Punjabi, as well as other resources in Punjabi (“Preparing for Death,” an Advance Care Planning Video).

The Mood Disorders of BC has a publication, in Punjabi, on depression in Punjabi women.

The BC Schizophrenia Society offers support, education and advocacy services for people with schizophrenia and other serious and persistent mental illnesses, their families and friends and promotes research into the causes, treatment, and ultimate cure of schizophrenia. Online translated materials in Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu are available

Disha are a collection of videos in Punjabi, on topics such as cultural expectations of South Asian women, seniors abuse, children who witness abuse and healthy relationship

Legal Services Society has family law information and information for victims of abuse in Punjabi. has information in Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu. While some information is specific to resources in Ontario, there is also more general information provided on topics such as health, mental health, personal safety, housing, education and employment.

ELSA stands for English Language Services for Adults. The ELSA program provides basic and intermediate level English training for adult newcomers to Canada. ELSA is government-funded and is free to students. Information about its services is available in Punjabi and Urdu

The Canadian Diabetes Association has information in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu on diabetes-related health topics.

The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch, is part of a national volunteer organization with branch offices and volunteer chapters in every province The Foundation is committed to kidney health and improved lives for all people affected by kidney disease by funding and stimulating innovative research, providing education and support. Videos are available in Punjabi; the “Living with Kidney Disease” manual is available in Punjabi

Health Canada has the Food Guide translated in Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu.

The BC Bereavement Helpline has a document entitled “10 Things to Know about Grief” in Punjabi.

SAMHSA, an American website, has  documents in Punjabi entitled “How to Deal with Grief,” “Tips for Survivors of a Traumatic Event,” and “Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After a Traumatic Event” in Punjabi.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation has cardiovascular health-related matters both in written form and in videos in the following South Asian languages: Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu. Topics include how to lower risk of heart disease and stroke, eating healthier, getting blood pressure under control, and lowering cholesterol.

The Alzheimer Society of Canada has information on Alzheimer’s in Hindi and Urdu.

The Alzheimer Society of BC‘s Resource Centres help those concerned with or facing dementia build the knowledge, skills, and confidence to maintain quality of life. Translated online publications are available in Punjabi.

The publication “Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly – A Guide for People with Dementia and Their Caregivers” by BC’s Ministry of Health is available in Punjabi

The BC Epilepsy Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the British Columbians living with epilepsy and their families. Translated information is available in Punjabi.

Osteoporosis Canada educates, empowers and supports individuals and communities in the risk-reduction and treatment of osteoporosis. On-line publications are available in Punjabi and Tamil.

The Justice Institute of British Columbia’s Centre for Applied Research released a report (in English) for service providers entitled “This is a Man’s Problem: Strategies for Working with South Asian Male Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence.”

South Fraser Women’s Services (now a part of SOURCES Community Services) produced the following guides on working with South Asian victims of domestic violence:

Physician’s Manual

Beautician’s Guide

Educator’s Manual




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