Shining a Light on API Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19

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

Behavioral Health Resources

Combating Racism

Reporting AAPI Hate Crimes


You Do Make a Difference

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.”