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17 Mental Health Resources For Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Racism and xenophobia take a serious toll on Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Research has found that racism and discrimination have a significant negative impact on mental health. In addition, communities subjected to othering by the dominant racial group are prone to mental health concerns, including an increased risk for anxiety and depression.

Online resources can be a particularly important tool for providing advice, support, and information on mental health for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Read more »

Asian American Mental Health Stigma: Why It Exists and How to Combat It

A study found stigmas that associate mental illness with disability are the largest barrier to Asian Americans accessing mental healthcare. Read more »

Asian American / Pacific Islander Communities and Mental Health

It’s important to recognize that the term “AAPI” (Asian American / Pacific Islander) encompasses a wide range of countries, ethnicities, nationalities, and identities. Many different communities within AAPI label face their own unique challenges: from the trauma faced by those who survived wars in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam;  Japanese Americans who remember the internment camps of the WW2 era; or the anxiety felt by the children of first-generation immigrants to reconcile their cultural heritage with American life. Read more »

Confronting Mental Health Barriers in the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

Anti-Asian rhetoric and incidents have been on the rise in recent years, spurred on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

These types of events reinforce trauma and fear within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and have profound effects on mental and physical health, says Gilbert Gee, PhD, professor in the Department. of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

“People’s reports of discrimination and unfair treatment have been linked to major depressive disorders, clinical anxiety disorders and mood disorders,” Dr. Gee says. “It takes a pretty large toll on people’s mental health.” Read more »

Why Asian Americans Don’t Seek Help for Mental Illness

Mental health stigma affects all ethnicities, cultures, and nationalities, but Asian Americans may be more impacted than most.

The National Latino and Asian American Study reported that while 18% of the general U.S. population sought mental health services and resources, only 8.6% of Asian Americans did so. A related study found that white U.S. citizens take advantage of mental health services at three times the rate of Asian Americans.

So, why don’t most Asian Americans seek help for mental illness? Read more »

How Facing Big Feelings Can Help Build Mental Health

In this podcast from the UCLA Center for the Developing Adolescent, host Ron Dahl talks with psychologist and bestselling author Lisa Damour as well as Zach Gottlieb and Makayla Dawkins about how strong emotions during adolescence–good and bad–can be opportunities for youth to build positive coping strategies that can help them thrive as adults. Read more »

Adolescent Development Explained [downloadable]

Adolescence is a time of enormous transition. Although adolescence may appear to be a turbulent time, it is also a period of great potential as young people engage more deeply with the world around them. Adolescents typically grow physically, try new activities, begin to think more critically, and develop more varied and complex relationships. Read more »

Want to Understand Your Adolescent? Get to Know Their Brain

For the parents of a teenager, adolescence can be a challenging time. But to a brain scientist, it’s a marvel.

“I want people to understand that adolescence is not a disease, that adolescence is an amazing time of development,” says Beatriz Luna, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh. Read more »

How to Navigate Difficult Conversations with Your Teenager

Important conversations with teenagers are among the biggest challenges of parenting. They can feel like walking a tightrope. Lean too much – or too little – into commands and restrictions and you’re likely to tip over. Read more »

Helping Teenagers Cope with Grief

Each year thousands of teenagers experience the death of someone they love. When a parent, sibling, friend or relative dies, teens feel the overwhelming loss of someone who helped shape their self-identities. And these feelings about the death become a part of their lives forever. Read more »

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