The Mental Health of Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Communities in the Time of COVID: It’s Time for Bold Action

In honoring May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) and Change Matrix are joined by the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA), the National Asian Pacific American Council (NAPAC), the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health (NTTAC), and the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) to hold a three-part virtual roundtable series. The roundtables highlight the unique and shared strengths of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA, NH, & PIs) communities; identifies the impact of historical and present day trauma and social injustice on their mental health; and provides self-care and community engagement strategies to promote well-being during the pandemic.  

Part 1:  We Are Not the Same: Understanding the Impact of COVID and Social Injustices on These Diverse Communities 

DATE: May 10, 2021 @ 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT  

Learn what it means to be part of the AA, NH & PI communities; how each community self-identifies, unique strengths and challenges, and different mental health and social inequities associated with the COVID pandemic.   

Objectives: 

  • Identify challenges including historical trauma due to immigration, being a refugee, colonization, and being seen as forever foreigners, as well as fighting against the myth of the model minority. 
  • Highlight the national context around the mental health issues that the communities are facing, including the rise in AA hate incidents, and the ongoing disparities in quality of care access and access to culturally and linguistically appropriate care. 
  • Emphasize how COVID19 has impacted all AA, NH & PI communities, but in different ways. 
  • Celebrate National Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Mental Health Awareness Day and the unique histories and cultural experiences of the AA, NH & PI communities. 

Register for this Roundtable

 

Part 2: Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Self-Care and Healing  

DATE: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 4:00 – 5:30 pm EDT   

The second roundtable will focus on the importance of self-care and family care. The discussion will ask the questions: 1. Why are self-care and healing so important yet so difficult? 2. What are culturally responsive strategies to support well-being? And 3. What are key approaches for self-care during this period of the COVID pandemic and increasing anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents?   

Objectives: 

  • Understand the importance of self-care and the cultural factors that make it difficult to engage in such.
  • Identify creative solutions to engaging in self-care, including the use of cultural practices and a whole-health approach to improve care for the body, mind, and spirit.
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of developing a strong cultural identity as an important self-care strategy when faced with racism, colonization, and other forms of oppression. 

Register for this Roundtable 

 

Part 3: What’s Next? Community Action for Transformational Change 

DATE: Thursday, May 27 @ 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT 

The third part of the series will focus on community action and making systemic changes, at the neighborhood, local, state, or national level. Panelists will discuss the importance of unity, partnership, and allies in raising AA, NH, & PI voices for mental health. Participants will be asked to discuss systemic issues including the development of community action plans and supporting current mental health legislation. 

 Objectives: 

  • Identify systems issues and policies impacting the access to quality care, improving the current workforce by increasing the number of AA, NH, & PI providers, including paraprofessional community members and providing ongoing training and support. 
  • Clarify what constitutes culturally competent and linguistically appropriate care, including innovative approaches and integrated models that recognize the relationship between physical and mental health. 
  • Identify allies and partners who can further systems changes. 
  • Identify one action step each participant can do to effect these changes. 

Register for this Roundtable

 

Population: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander

Links:

  • Learn more about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
  • Learn more about Mental Health Awareness Month.
  • Learn more about the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA).
  • Learn more about Change Matrix.
  • Learn more about the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA).
  • Learn more about the National Asian Pacific American Council (NAPAC).
  • Learn more about the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health (NTTAC).
  • Learn more about the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC).

Date: 2021

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