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Breaking the Silence: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness in Iranian Households
Mental illness has always been a sensitive topic in our community, but with so many of us spending more time at home during this pandemic, we are facing its realities in our households and with our loved ones now more than ever. Join us for an informative talk to better understand mental illness and its stigma in our culture as well as how to cope with the challenges that it poses to our families.

Dec 13, 2020 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Sima Hashemifar
With a celebrated & pioneering background in Mechanical/Metallurgical Engineering, the semiconductor industry, and other science/tech industries in Iran & Seattle, WA; Sima later founded Spiritual Harmony (S.H.Journey) in 2006 and has extensive experience in the field of self-actualization through different integrated methods of East/West philosophies. A global lecturer & teacher of mindfulness, she participates in the Mindfulness Teacher Training Program at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. She’s joined UC Berkeley’s department of psychology’s cutting-edge research on The Science of Happiness and also participates in the “Inner MBA Program” at NYU. She has taught for many years at the School of Practical Philosophy, Pars Equality Center and continues teaching and private mindfulness coaching in both English & Persian languages for Individuals, couples & organizations. She offers speeches and workshops at seminars and professional conferences.
Sepehr Broukhim
Dr. Broukhim graduated from the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of The Pacific in 2004. He specializes in Psychiatry and anxiety-phobic disorders.
Poran Poregbal
A psychotherapist, registered clinical counsellor, registered social worker, clinical supervisor, public speaker, and educator; Poran has a professional background & extensive training in the field of trauma, post trauma, mood disorders, domestic violence, conflict resolution, family therapy, & couple counselling. Following her studies in Sweden & Vancouver, Poran founded a non-profit, GV Counselling & Education Society, to follow her long-time passion for providing quality mental health care services in a multicultural setting. She now focuses on her private practice as well as her part time job in the Outpatient Psychiatry at VGH as a clinician. She is also an associate therapist for British Columbia Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse where she works with survivors of sexual abuse, child abuse, and grief & loss. Poran is a two-time Award Recipient from B.C. Association Clinical Counsellors, and an Award Recipient from West Vancouver Community Awards for Health, Wellness & Activity.