May is Asian Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month. This roundtable, hosted by Change Matrix and the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association, was the first of a series that will address key issues including;
- The mental health implications for AANHPIs, including the impact of racism
- The relationship between mental and physical health
- Strategies to cope with COVID-19 and trauma
- Creating healthy communities beyond the current pandemic
A special thank you to the panelists, Dr. Francis Lu, Dr. Pata Suyemoto, Dr. Richelle Concepcion, Dr. Teddy Chen, and Dr. Terry Gock for sharing their insights and experiences; Dr. DJ Ida for her framing remarks; and Dr. Rachele Espiritu for facilitating the conversation.
And many thanks to the attendees who actively participated and contributed to the rich discussion with their questions, comments, and resources.
From the Virtual Roundtable
- Watch and share the recording – Youtube, Facebook Live
- View the slides from the virtual roundtable (pdf)
Behavioral Health Resources
- National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA)
- Disaster Distress Helpline – 1-800-985-5990
- Behavioral Help Locator
- National Suicide Hotline – 1-800-273-8255
- Asian American Psychological Association
- National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED)
- Communities Respond to COVID-19: Implications for Asian Pacific Islanders – Virtual Roundtable recording and resources on emerging mental health needs for API communities; strategies for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health and emotional support services to API populations; and community approaches for addressing discrimination and stigma experienced by APIs.
- Other COVID-19 behavioral health equity-related resources on NNEDshare, a resource and innovative intervention repository that you can add to.
- Asian Women for Health (AWFH)
- During this time of self isolation, Asian Women for Health is be hosting free webinars on a variety of topics. AWFH has had webinars on how to maintain your health and finances when self isolating. For those who are interested in watching the recording or looking at information discussed during the webinar, please go to the AWFH website, click the Events tab and browse the COVID-19 Webinar section.
- AWFH is producing a PSA as part of an Anti-Racism campaign and are seeking partner organizations to help disseminate and host virtual screening/discussion. Email email@example.com if you are interested in collaborating!
- Free weekly
- SSG-APCTC (Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Center) – Provides free mental health workshops webinars with several languages available (Korean/Mandarin Chinese/Tagalog/Vietnamese).
- Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Experiences Related to COVID-19 (Survey) – A Filipina/Chinese professor and counselor named Dr. Stacey Litam is conducting a study on AAPI mental health and well-being during COVID-19. The study takes no longer than 15 minutes to complete. It is completely anonymous and no identifying information such as names, email addresses, or phone numbers will be collected. The results from the study will be used to develop culturally sensitive strategies to promote the mental health and wellbeing of AAPI communities.
- Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) has virtual webinars such as Wellness Wednesday and Filipino Fridays that focus on healing webinars and educational opportunities about Filipino culture provided via zoom and live on facebook.
- Special Services for Groups (SSG) Silver – Contracted with the LA County Department of Mental Health to provide mental health services to older adults with different levels of mental health needs, providing language capacity in Tagalog, Korean, Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Reach out at 213-553-1884
- Headspace – For recently unemployed or furloughed workers, where financial loss is a huge burden on mental health, Headspace (online guided meditations, animations, articles and videos) is offering a full year free.
- Headspace for Health Care Professionals
- Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health has also reached an agreement with Headspace so any LA County residents can have a free year subscription to this popular mindfulness based self-cares app.
- Asians* in Focus – Asians* in Focus is launching Asians* Unmasked: a photography project that came about as a direct response to COVID-19 and the impact on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. The unprecedented loss of life and economic uncertainty forever changed the world and placed mental health in the heart of all discussions.
- Bystander Intervention Training to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment – 1-hour free bystander intervention trainings offered by Hollaback! and Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
- Practical Tools, Exercises, and Tactics for Asian Americans: How To Respond To Racism, Xenophobia, and Physical/Verbal/Online Harassment (Workshop) – Ivy Kwong will be teaching a workshop on this soon, and welcomes anyone interested, clinician or client, to contact her.
- AAPI Emergency Response Network – A repository of a number of different resources related to COVID-19.
- Act to Change COVID-19 Resources to Combat Bullying and Hate – Amid fears of the COVID-19 virus, incidents of bullying and racism against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community have been on the rise.
- #IWillEatWithYou Campaign – Join OPAWL’s #iwilleatwithyou solidarity campaign to encourage community care while showing solidarity with everyone impacted by anti-Asian racism during the pandemic.
- For AANHPI health care providers who are interested in an online support group to share their experience on racism while at work, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, a new group will be formed next month.
Reporting AAPI Hate Crimes
- National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
- Stop AAPI Hate
- A report for Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (A3PCON) and Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) – Incidents of Coronavirus-Related Discrimination (March 19 – April 15) (pdf)
- A press release from the A3PCON – In Six Weeks, STOP AAPI HATE Receives Over 1700 Incident Reports of Verbal Harassment, Shunning and Physical Assaults (pdf)
- Stand Against Hate Story Tracker – Asian Americans Advancing Justice’s Hate Story Tracker invites you to tell your story and read stories through their Tracker, to document hate and to educate about the environment of hate around the country.
- AAPI Hate Incident Reporting Form – Filing a report with OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates will help advocacy organizations nationwide fight for the civil rights of all AAPIs.
- May 21, 2020 – Communities Respond to COVID-19: Implications for APIs
- May 22 & May 29, 2020 – Rise: Asian Pacific America National Town Halls
- May 23, 2020 – Filipinos Lead in Immigration (part of a Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats virtual merienda series
- Saturdays throughout May – AWFH May Saturday Socials
- June 27, 2020 – Virtual Presidential Town Hall
- Multiple dates – NCAPA calendar of API-related events
- Ongoing – AWFH Weekly Check-in Groups
You Do Make a Difference
- 2020 Census – Count Us In 2020 – There’s power in being counted (March 12 – Oct 31, 2020)
- AAPI Voters Mater – November 3, 2020
Add to Your Watch/Listen List
- Asian Americans PBS Documentary Series – Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided, while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate and personal lives, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played in shaping the nation’s story.
- Dr. Vivek Murthy and Brené on Loneliness and Connection – “Have you ever struggled with feeling lonely – even when you’re surrounded by people you love? I have. It’s painful and confusing. In this episode, I talk to Dr. Vivek Murthy, a physician and the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, about loneliness and the physical and emotional toll that social disconnection takes on us. We talk about his new book, TOGETHER, and what it takes for each of us to tilt the world toward love and connection.”