Asian Americans are facing discrimination and racism at large in recent months, and this stress may be amplified by the general lack of mental healthcare. Here, we hope to provide some helpful resources as well as some actionable ways to improve the mental health of struggling Asian Americans.
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Addiction & Mental Health Support for Asian Americans
Although Asian Americans experience the lowest rates of substance abuse, that does not mean they are unaffected by it. In fact, according to SAMHSA, 3.7% of Asian Americans 18 and older reported struggling with substance abuse in the last year. Only 0.1% of Asian Americans reported receiving treatment for substance abuse. Studies suggest that Asian Americans are more likely to hide the abuse and suffer in silence until the consequences of their addiction no longer allow them to do so.
This disparity can be attributed in part to language and cultural barriers. Mental health is often considered a taboo topic in many Asian cultures. Because of this, Asian Americans are more likely to turn to loved ones or religious leaders rather than professional services. Studies show that there is a general lack of culturally competent resources available to Asian American communities. And even when those services do exist, there is very little accessibility.
The Asian American Drug Abuse Program: A non-profit organization dedicated to preventing substance abuse among Asian American youth, as well as promote substance abuse recovery services among Asian Americans.
Together Empowering Asian Minds: An organization working to engage, educate and empower Asian Americans with culturally relevant resources and peer support in order to destigmatize seeking help for mental health problems.
Womankind: This organization provides support to victims of gender-based violence and helps them to find recovery and freedom from trauma.
Project Lotus: This group works to reduce the stigma of mental illness among Asian Americans and provide actionable solutions that can lead someone toward recovery from mental illness.
Asian Women For Health: A non-profit organization that works to improve access to healthcare, both physical and mental, for Asian Women in America.
It’s Ji-Youn Kim: The website of Ji-Youn Kim, she works to use therapeutic techniques in a social context and uses the concept of justice-focused therapy as a guiding light for seminars, coaching, and workshops.
Asian Pride Project: A movement to remove the stigma of LGBTQ within the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
The Cosmos: A community hub for Asian American women to improve their own personal mental health and wellness as well as that of their communities.
Recovery Dharma: A Buddhist-inspired addiction recovery fellowship that hosts dozens of meetings online each day.
The Full Well Podcast: A look at the crossroads between Asian Americans and mental health with open discussions about the reality of mental healthcare among Asian communities.
Human Up: A look at Asian American mental health from a man raised in America by an Asian family.
Happy Asian Male Podcast: The HAM podcast covers a very wide range of issues, including mental health and wellness for Asian Americans.
Feeling Asian: Hosts Youngmi and Brian talk about romance, dating, and life as Asian Americans in this diverse and colorful podcast.
Why You No Doctor: A look at the stereotypes that Asian Americans adhere to with regard to career choice. Host Dominic Zhai provides insight and some creative avenues for unconventional career options.
Hieu Pham, LCSW: A licensed therapist, her Instagram posts highlight the importance of mental healthcare.
Asians for Mental Health: An account run by Clinical Psychologist & speaker Jenny Wang, Ph.D., highlighting health & wellness, Asian American identity, mental health, social justice, and therapy options.
The Allied Minds Co.: A community dedicated to improving awareness about mental health and social justice.
The Mind Health Spot: Run by Clinical Psychology graduate Laura Lu, this Instagram page discusses mental wellness, education, and advocacy with an emphasis on Asian Americans.
Exploring Therapy: Run by online therapist Dr. Therese, this Instagram contains posts about mental health, travel, and remote work wellness.