Since May was Mental Health Awareness and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we would like to spread awareness about mental health in the Asian Pacific American community. Seeking mental health support is still largely stigmatized in our community, despite suicide being the fifth largest cause of death among Asian Americans (Source: South Asian Mental Health Initiative & Network). In addition to the stigma, many members of our community hesitate to seek support due to language and cultural barriers. The South Asian Network continues to advocate for mental health in our community in the following ways:
- Advocating for additional funding to support mental health services for the Asian Pacific American community;
- Creating awareness in our community about the importance of getting mental health support;
- Providing linguistically and culturally specific mental health therapy at little or no cost to community members in need.
If you or someone you know is feeling anxiety or depression, or is recovering from trauma or violence, please do not hesitate to contact us. We provide confidential services in five languages (Bangla, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, and Urdu) plus English.
We are here for you.
South Asian Network