Resources for Second Generation Adults

If you are having an emotional or psychological crisis, you need to find and get help right away.
The National Alliance on Mental Health hotline is open M – F 10am-6pm ET. Or you can use the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.


If you are not in immediate crisis, there is still so much to do. Take your time. There’s no deadline in recovery from grief and trauma.

Get in touch with a trained, licensed mental health professional. This will be THE MOST helpful. There are support groups that can be useful too. Reading the accounts of other SGA’s can provide some validation.

Critical Writing & Material

Therapy & Counseling

General Articles, Journals, Media & Activist Groups:

Related groups on Reddit:

On Facebook:


What is an “SGA”?

An SGA is a Second Generation Adult raised in a group that requires a high demand of commitment to a particular cause, belief system or ideology. In this case the group is 3HO Sikh Dharma Kundalini Yoga.

Who counts as a 3HO SGA?

Any person who was raised in 3HO for any period during childhood is an SGA. Backgrounds among SGA’s can be diverse (one does not have to be an “indiakid” to feel the impact of being raised in this group). The thing SGA’s have in common is that they did not choose it for themselves during childhood. Because of the commitment required by 3HO to the faith, being brought up within it creates a unique set of challenges for navigating an independent life. 

Those unique circumstances can include becoming distant or even cut-off from family and community. Sometimes 3HO family members and peers may want to help or provide companionship, yet are unable or incapable of providing critical support. Sometimes our family of origin wants to show love, but the capacity for it is limited to their cult-informed identity, and therefore falls short.