It is not easy talking about losing your loved ones to death, especially if they died by suicide.
In this episode of Coconut Chats, Chris Mallika Bhadra talks to Shalini Tuscano, who speaks of her experiences when her husband died by suicide.
Shalini is an Indo-Canadian (Maharashtrian) born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A prankster who is passionate about social justice and women’s rights, and serves as a Mental Health Advocate (Not a Mental Health Professional).Life’s struggles and challenges (domestic abuse, sexual assault, suicide loss) led her to empower herself and others through volunteering, activism and simply being a support and voice for loved ones, starting with her mother.
More recently after the loss of her husband Anand to suicide, sharing their story to create awareness and shed the stigma around Mental Health.
A Youth Mentor at Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Montreal, Coordinator/Counselor at the WIN Home (Women’s) Shelter in Mumbai, India run by the nuns of the Queen of Apostles Order and fundraising for the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention… just a few of her efforts to make the world a better place!
Hoping sharing her story will make you feel less alone and inspire you to reach out and seek help.
About Coconut Chats
Coconut Chats is a Melbourne and New Zealand based podcasting platform that was founded in 2020. Coconut Chats was conceived with the aim of addressing the various stigmatised and taboo topics that are prevalent in a typical South-East Asian society and the global world. This podcast aims to provide a voice to any individual who might have been subjected to a specific bias in the society and wants to be heard. Coconut Chats has Zero Tolerance toward any man-made/societal-made barrier such as race, caste, creed, and religion and believes in humanity and inclusivity. The podcast is in the middle of its fourth season and has spoken with South-Asians from UK, US, Australia, Pakistan, India, and Canada. Coconut Chats also endeavours to seek inspiration from individuals who have made a mark for themselves via their experiences and struggles in life.
Coconut Chats is founded, hosted, and conceptualised by Dr Chris Mallika Bhadra and co-hosted by Mrs Soumita Kar-Chakraborty and Mrs Harita Gandhi-Kashyap. These ladies share common interests and passion to raise their voice against the various injustices prevalent in the South-Asian society and address them to raise awareness.
- Dr Chris Mallika Bhadra is a Bengali born and raised in New Delhi, India. She has a doctoral degree in Nano-Biotechnology and graduated from a leading University in
Melbourne. Chris is a trained Indian contemporary dancer and is the founder of Ananda Dance Group. Chris is also a life blogger, amateur photographer, public speaker and hosts multiple chat shows across different platforms. Chris lives in Melbourne, Australia.
- Mrs Harita Gandhi-Kashyap is third generation Gujarati, born and raised in New Zealand. An accountant by profession, Harita is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and enjoys blogging, and podcasting. She is also the Wellington Branch Treasurer at National Council of Women of New Zealand. Harita lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
- Mrs Soumita Kar-Chakraborty is a Bengali born and raised in Kolkata, India. An IT Engineer by profession, she is also a dancer, blogger, and a photographer. A new mum, Soumita lives in Melbourne, Australia.